At A Glance
- Born in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 20, 1978
- Graduated from Conard High School in West Hartford
- Attended University of Richmond (BA Music) and Manhattan School of Music (MM Voice)
- Juilliard Opera Center graduate
- Lives in Cincinnati with his wife Chelsey, their son Fenton, and their dog Abby
- Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Tanglewood under Maestro James Levine
- World premiere of David T. Little's JFK with Fort Worth Opera
- Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia at the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel
- World premiere and recording of Mark Neikrug's Healing Ceremony with Susan Graham
- Made Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Brahms Requiem under conductor James DePriest
- "Mr. Worth was simply superb, singing with exquisite sensitivity..." --The New York Times
- "A bright, expressive, well-controlled, yet surprisingly powerful lyric baritone voice." --Richmond Times-Dispatch
- "Mathew Worth matches her [soprano Christine Brewer] with a note-perfect performance...both musically and in characterization, Worth makes him complex and fascinating, charismatic and conflicted." --Pioneer Press
- "The clear star of Oklahoma!--and perhaps of the whole summer in Central City--was baritone Matthew Worth...lighting up the stage every time he appeared..." --Opera News
- "Worth...[was] spectacular. [He] cut a likable figure, had a booming voice with great control, and...precise timing and cadence." --Fort Worth Weekly
- "As much through his singing as through his acting, Worth left a memorable mark... His sizable baritone filled out the music warmly and with abundant nuance; a conversational directness in his phrasing enhanced his finely detailed acting." --Opera News
- "Worth is a shooting star in American opera, a respected interpreter of Mozart and the contemporary cutting edge." --Richmond Times-Dispatch
- First musical love was jazz--he played the trombone in big bands through college at University of Richmond
- Both parents were elementary school teachers in the West Hartford Public Schools, where Matthew grew up
- An avid Patriots and UConn basketball fan
- Enjoys listening to NPR, hiking, and baking pies
Hailed by The New York Times for a voice that is "fully powered and persuasively expressive”, Matthew Worth is quickly becoming the baritone of choice for innovative productions and contemporary works on the operatic leading edge. Last season, he created the title role in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera. Opera News praised, “In appearance and voice, Matthew Worth, as JFK, has the All-American charisma and power you expect from a twentieth-century president.” This season he will lead another highly anticipated world premiere with Beth Morrison Projects as the Young Monk in Scott Wheeler’s Naga – part of Cerise Jacobs' epic Ouroboros Trilogy.
The 2016-2017 season also includes Matthew’s return to Atlanta Opera as Lieutenant Audebert in Tomer Zvulun’s award winning production of Silent Night and his return to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the Fauré Requiem with Donald Runnicles. In the spring, Matthew will debut Britten’s War Requiem with Kent Tritle at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.
Along with JFK in the 2015-2016 season, Matthew debuted with the Colorado Symphony in Carmina Burana, made his house and role debut with Opera Birmingham in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Green Sneakers, and starred in the southeastern premiere of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs in his Atlanta Opera debut.
Also lauded for his work in the standard operatic repertoire, Matthew’s Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) was deemed “vocally impeccable…open and incisive” by the Boston Classical Review. Other notable roles include Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Valentin (Faust), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia). He has performed leading roles at Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Castleton Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, under such luminary conductors as James Levine, Lorin Maazel, and Sir Andrew Davis.
Matthew is a committed recitalist and active concert soloist. He performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and was praised by The New York Times as “simply superb, singing with exquisite sensitivity”. Matthew made his Carnegie Hall debut in Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem under James DePriest while still a student at the Juilliard Opera Center. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the Richmond Choral Society in Carmina Burana and has since been featured in concerts with the Atlanta Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has performed with conductors Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano and James Conlon.