1. Faculty

Matthew Worth

Voice

Courses Taught

  • Private Lessons

Education

  • AD, The Juilliard School
  • MM, Manhattan School of Music
  • BA, University of Richmond

Ensembles

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Washington National Opera
  • Santa Fe Opera

What is your hometown?

West Hartford, CT

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Sports! I love all the Boston teams—Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox.

Who were your major teachers?

Thomas Baresel, Marlena Malas, and Jennifer Cable.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Learning is incremental,” and that “anything worth doing is worth doing well.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Why is this relevant to me and to others?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

It is indicative of my personality that the moment I knew I wanted to be a singer was when I was first told I didn't have the goods to do so.

What was a turning point in your career?

There were a number of acceleration points in my career, including but not limited to my time in the Juilliard Opera Center, my apprenticeship with Glimmerglass Opera, my collaborations with James Levine and Lorin Maazel, and my premieres of works by Kevin Puts, Doug Cuomo, and David T. Little.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Something with tinkering leading to materialization, like a chef or an engineer.

What is your daily practice routine?

I make sure to warm up and then vocalize before I teach, focusing on specific and relevant techniques: coloratura, messa di voce, irregular intervals or rhythms, etc.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Poulenc, and Ives.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Right here, right now.

What is your unrealized project?

A book of vocalises geared toward familiarizing singers with the demands of 21st century repertoire.

 


This season baritone Matthew Worth performs the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Boston Lyric Opera, returns to his critically lauded portrayal of the Narrator in Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua at Royce Hall in Los Angeles and again with the Buffalo Philharmonic and continues his doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr.Worth’s performances in 2017/18 included the title role in David T. Little & Royce Vavrek’s JFK with Opéra de Montréal, the Narrator in the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua with the Oregon Bach Festival, Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles with the New York Festival of Song at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Laura Kaminsky & 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. He has performed principal roles at Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra de Montréal, Tanglewood Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, under luminary conductors James Levine, Lorin Maazel, and Sir Andrew Davis.