Manager: Michael Benchetrit
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“Shawn Mathey turns Tamino into a heroic tenor.” Andrew Clark, Financial Times, September 16, 2012-As Tamino in The Magic Flute
“A surprise addition to the production is Shawn Mathey coming in as a last-minute replacement for the ailing Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu. “Don Ottavio”, the patient hanger-on admirer of “Donna Anna”, is a vocally challenging and often thankless role for many tenors, including the Mozart tenor. It’s just the way the character’s two major arias sit in the voice and the fact that neither of the pieces catapult audiences to their feet. Not so for Shawn Mathey. He was completely at home in this role that marks his debut with SF Opera. His first act aria, “Dalla sua Pace”, was sweet and resonant in the house, Mathey displaying solid control throughout his range. The fireworks came in Act II with “Il mio tesoro”. Mathey’s coloratura is crystal clear and the upper register bright and passionate. This season he will go on to perform two other Mozart favorites, “Tamino” in Die Zauberflöte with the Dallas Opera and “Ferrando” in Cosi fan tutte at Bamberg.” Sean Martinfield, San Francisco Sentinel, October 19, 2011-As Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni
"Shawn Mathey made an impressive Lyric debut as Lysander, displaying a honeyed tenor and proving both ardent and amusing in his sudden post-potion infatuation. " Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, November 2010-As Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Tenor Shawn Mathey performs in many of the most important and distinguished opera companies and music festivals in the world including the Paris Opera, the Opernhaus Zurich, the Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Theater an der Wien, and Oper Frankfurt, among many others. This season, Mr. Mathey makes his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Erik in Der Fliegende Hollander and will be seen in performances of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain. Last season, . . . he reprised the role of Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for his debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He sang Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in Toledo and made his Atlanta Symphony debut in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Donald Runnicles. Prior to that, Mr. Mathey returned to the Washington National Opera for a new role, the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in Lausanne and in Vichy and appeared in concerts of Messiah in Toledo, and prior to that, he made his debut in Seoul, Korea as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, followed by one of his signature roles, Tamino, in Kansas City. He then debuted two French roles: first the Night Watchman in St Saëns’ extremely rare Les Barbares at the Opéra de St Etienne, France (which has since been released commercially on the Palazzetto Bru Zane label) and later the title-role in Faust for the Toledo Opera. In the summer, Mr Mathey returned to the Cincinnati Opera for Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. In Mr. Mathey’s vast and varied opera career he has become known for a number of roles, including Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (sung with the Paris Opera, Zürich Opera, Theater an der Wien, English National Opera, and Dallas Opera, among others); Ferrando in Così fan tutte (Paris Opera, Salzburger Festpiele, Aix en Provence Festival, Zürich Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Theater an der Wien and Cincinnati Opera, among others); Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (with the Paris Opera Garnier, Paris Opera Bastille, San Francisco Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Zürich Opera, Washington National Opera and Cleveland Orchestra among others); Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (with the Toledo Opera and Cincinnati Opera); the Duke in Rigoletto (with Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera Kansas City, and at the Arts Center in Seoul). Mr. Mathey’s extensive additional opera repertoire includes Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova), the title role in Faust (Opera Hong Kong, Toledo Opera), Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Oper Frankfurt, Opera de Nancy), Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Opéra de Montréal, Kentucky Opera), Fenton in Falstaff (Oper Frankfurt), Tom in The Rake’s Progress (Zürich Opera), Alessandro in Il Re Pastore (Lake George Opera), Tito in La Clemenza di Tito (Zürich Opera, Festival Mozart La Coruña), Pylade in Iphigénie en Tauride (Washington National Opera), and Eginhard in Fierrebras (Oper Frankfurt, Zürich Opera). Mr. Mathey’s concert career has also taken him around the world, singing works that include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Oper Frankfurt with J. Zorn), Mozart’s Requiem (Orchestre National de Bordeaux with Y. Bashmet) and Coronation Mass (Ensemble Orchestral de Paris with J. Nelson), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with D. Runnicles) and Symphony No. 9 (Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège with L. Langrée), Handel’s Messiah (San Francisco Symphony with R. Bohlin and Baltimore Symphony with E. Polochick), Berlioz’s Lelio (San Francisco Symphony with M. Tilson Thomas), and Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with M. Janowski), as well as in recital at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.