Matthew Garrett tenor
The tenor Matthew Garrett is a 2005 graduate of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center in New York City. During the 2010-2011 season, he sings Ossipon in the world premiere of Michael Dellaira’s The Secret Agent with the Center for Contemporary Opera (later touring to Hungary), Prunier in La Rondine with the Opera Company of Middlebury (Emmanuel Plasson conducting), and tenor solos in Puccini’s Messe di Gloria with the Brooklyn Symphony, Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher with the Little Orchestra Society, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Monmouth Symphony, Kalabis’ Canticum Cantoricum with the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and Carmina Burana with Coro Lirico and Texas State University Orchestra.
In the 2009-2010 season, he sang Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Jacksonville Symphony, and served as tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with Tulsa Opera and Ballet, Mendelssohn’s Paulus at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, Mozart’s Mass in C minor at Carnegie Hall with Musica Sacra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Carmina Burana at Avery Fisher Hall with the National Chorale, Handel’s Messiah with the Syracuse Symphony, the premiere of John Tavener’s Requiem at St. Ignatius Loyola, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Berkshire Choral Festival, Carmina Burana with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Riverside Choral Society, Bach’s St John Passion with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, CPE Bach’s Auferstehung und Himmelfaht Jesu with the Grand Tour Orchestra, and the title role in Britten’s St Nicolas with the Richmond Choral Society.
Recent seasons include leading roles at Scottish Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Connecticut Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Omaha, Syracuse Opera, Eugene Opera, Merola Opera, Miller Theater at Columbia University, and the Cincinnati May Festival. Mr. Garrett has also been a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv, Basel Festival Orchestra, Arion Ensemble under Bernard Labadie, Ann Arbor Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and New World Symphony. He has presented solo recitals in Merkin Hall and Paul Hall in New York, including a complete Die Schöne Müllerin of Schubert.
Mr Garrett was recently a World Finalist in the Montreal International Musical Competition. Other awards include 2nd Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Competition, 2nd Prize in the Eastern Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2nd Prize in the Dupont Voice Competion at Opera at Florham, and encouragement prizes from Opera Index, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Giulio Gari Foundation.
Operatic performances include Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Belmonte and Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Paolino (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Apollo (Orfeo), Jenik (The Bartered Bride), Imeneo (Imeneo), Zen (What Next?, Carter), Soldat (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Sam Sharkey (Paul Bunyan), Le Petit Vieillard (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Harry (La Fanciulla del West), the Prologue (Turn of the Screw), the wistful John Styx (Orphée aux Enfers), Little Bat (Susannah), Gomatz (Zaide), and Lysander and Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Past teaching engagements include three years as a Teaching Fellow in the Ear Training Department at the Juilliard School, and at the Metropolitan Opera as a music theory teacher to the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Originally trained as an orchestral conductor, he received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1999, as well as the coveted Madeira Prize and Ron Nelson Prize for musical excellence. He earned a Masters degree in Voice from the Juilliard School in 2003.
Further information about Matthew Garrett can be found at his personal website, www.matthewgarrett.net.