American tenor, Matthew Vickers, has been praised for his “brilliant and golden voice” (Die Kleine Zeitung), his “burnished sound and confident acting” (National Post), and hailed “a gutsy performer whose glowing tenor voice has interestingly dark, baritonal undertones (Opera Now).
This season, Mr. Vickers appears as Arnold in Baltimore Concert Opera's presentation of Rossini's Guillaume Tell and then in Opera Southwest's full production of Tell. Mr. Vickers will then be performing Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Western Reserve. In the winter, he will be signing Des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut with Sarasota Opera and Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme with Opera Roanoke followed by Luigi in Puccini's Il Tabarro with Opera Delaware.
In the 2016-17 season, Matthew covered the role of Canio in Pagliacci with Virginia Opera, performed the Don José in Bizet's Carmen with Opera Western Reserve. He then sung the role of Avito in Sarasota Opera's production of Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re, followed by Sam in Floyd's Susannah with Opera Roanoke. He closed out the season by performing Luigi in Il Tabarro with Opera Company of Middlebury and a Duca in Verdi's Rigoletto with Charlottesville Opera.
In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Vickers made his Sarasota Opera debut as Arrigo in Verdi’s La Battaglia di Legnano, stepping in for an ailing colleague for 5 performances; took part in the east coast premiere of Faccio’s Amleto with Opera Delaware as Laertes, and performed the title role in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz with Boston Midsummer Opera.
Oratorio engagements have included Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Regina Coeli with Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and concerts such as Opera 101 with St. Cloud Performing Arts Center, Viva Verdi with the McPhail Center of Music, and a featured soloist with the Penn’s Woods Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Vickers is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Third Prize in the Annapolis Voice Competition in 2015; in 2014, he received the Encouragement Award in the D.C. Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (MONCA) and in 2013, he won the Philadelphia District of the MONCA. In 2012, he was awarded the Audience Favorite and Third Prize Awards at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Meistersinger Concert in Graz, Austria. He is also the winner of both Penn State University and Lynchburg College’s Concerto Competitions and a two-time award recipient at the National Associations of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition.
Mr. Vickers received his Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from Penn State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from Lynchburg College. A native of Telford, Pennsylvania, he currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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