Tenor Matthew White recently made critically acclaimed debuts as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juiliette with Cincinnati Opera and Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Princeton Festival.
Tenor Matthew White recently made critically acclaimed debuts as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juiliette with the Cincinnati Opera and Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Tulsa Opera, prompting critics to proclaim him “an elegant tenor capable of exciting high notes. His famous cavatina, Ah! Lève-toi, soleil, was mesmerizing”
Highlights of the 2020-2021 season were to include numerous company and role debuts including the leading role of Lancelot in Chausson’s rarely performed Le Roi Arthus with the Bard SummerScape Festival, Roméo with Michigan Opera Theater, Alfredo in La Traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Don José in Carmen with Arizona Opera. He was also slated to return to Cincinnati Opera for Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.Read more
Engagements of the 2019-2020 season included multiple debuts including the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Edmonton Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème with Opera Naples, and a return to B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for his debut with Tulsa Opera. He was scheduled to debut with Dallas Opera as the tenor soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. On the concert stage joined the Florida Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
A recent graduate of Philadelphia’s prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts, Mr. White performed Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, the title role in Massenet’s Werther, Roberto in Puccini’s Le Villi, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Avito in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re, and Faust in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Helene. He made his debut with Opera Maine as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and has appeared with Palm Beach Opera and Vero Beach Opera. Concert credits include performances with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Ocean City Pops, and the Longfellow Chorus Festival.
A favorite of competitions, White was selected to compete in the 2019 Operalia Competion in Prague. He was awarded the Grand Prize of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, 1st place in the Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition, 2nd place in the Metropolitan Opera Mid-Atlantic region, the Grand Prize in the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition, an Encouragement Award from the George London Foundation, and is the recipient of the Alfonso Cavaliere Award. He has participated in the training programs of Bel Canto at Caramoor, PORTopera, and Seagle Music Colony.
A trained violinist, Mr. White is also an avid surfer and runs his own surfboard business, which currently has clients around the world.