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 daughter Everly, 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 New England Patriots and Boston Celtics fan
Enjoys listening to NPR, hiking, and eating his wife's amazing culinary creations
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 role of the Narrator in the world premiere of The Passion of Yeshua with the Oregon Bach Festival. The Register-Guard praised, “Baritone Matthew Worth sang the critical role of Narrator. His voice was rich and vibrant, his diction clear and his delivery earnest.” This season he will return to the role at Royce Hall in Los Angeles and again with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
The 2018-2019 season also includes Matthew’s return to Boston Lyric Opera as Figaro in Rosetta Cucchi’s zany production of Il barbiere di Siviglia and a workshop performance of Laura Kaminsky and Kimberly Reed’s Postville, commissioned by Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Opera.
Along with The Passion of Yeshua in the 2017-2018 season, Matthew performed the title role in David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK with Opéra de Montréal, Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles with the New York Festival of Song at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Laura Kaminsky and Mark Campbell’s As One with Cincinnati Opera, and recitals at the University of Cincinnati and Austin Peay University.
Highlights of recent seasons include the title role in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera, the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate with Minnesota Opera, and Moby Dick at Washington National Opera. Also lauded for his work in the standard operatic repertoire, Matthew’s Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) was deemed “vocally impeccable…open and incisive” by Boston Classical Review. Other notable appearances include the title role in Don Giovanni, Dottore Malatesta (Don Pasquale), 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, Castleton Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Pittsburgh 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.