"A voice of exceptional dramatic flair and
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
An accomplished interpreter of the music of Bach, Mr. Anderson sings regularly as a soloist in Boston’s renowned Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata Series. He has been a featured soloist at the Aldeburgh, Carmel Bach, and Baldwin Wallace Bach Festivals. He has received particular acclaim for his portrayals of the Evangelists in Bach’s Passions, which he has performed throughout North America. Mr. Anderson is a prizewinner in the American Bach Society and Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competitions.
Recent performances from Mr. Anderson’s varied repertoire include the Boston premiere of Galina Grigorjeva’s On Leaving with the Boston Symphony, Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Damon) with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Scarlatti’s La Caduta de’ Decemviri with ACRONYM at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Boston Baroque; Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Stravinsky’s Renard at Tanglewood and the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Handel’s Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus at Carnegie Hall; John Harbison’s Winter’s Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and Britten’s Les Illuminations with The Orchestra of Indian Hill.
He has sung with conductors Masaaki Suzuki, Nicholas McGegan, Paul Goodwin, Harry Christophers, Martin Pearlman, John Harbison, Craig Smith, Julian Wachner, and Laurence Cummings and appeared as soloist with ensembles such as the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cantata Singers, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore.
Also recognized as a gifted performer of the American songbook, Mr. Anderson recently joined Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for their Bernstein Centennial Tribute at Boston Symphony Hall. In previous seasons, he has appeared with the Pops in Carousel (as Mr. Snow) and in celebrations of the music of Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter.
Mr. Anderson studied Classics at Harvard and voice at the New England Conservatory. He spent two seasons as a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow with Emmanuel Music. He also trained in the James Collier Apprentice Artist Program at Des Moines Metro Opera, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and the Cincinnati Opera Resident Ensemble. Mr. Anderson is a Kansas native and lives in Boston with his husband John and daughter Nora.
Tenor Matthew Anderson is a versatile and compelling performer of opera, oratorio, and musical theater.