TAMARA MATTHEWS (soprano) performs in all classical genres; opera, chamber music, Baroque repertoire, recitals, solo with orchestra, and recordings. She has rapidly risen to international status with debuts in France, Italy, Spain, Israel, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, and Hong Kong, as well as many major venues in the United States. Possessing "a glorious instrument, velvety and warm, glistening with light and dramatically forceful", Ms. Matthews' singing resulted in her acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1994 as first prize winner of the Musica Sacra Bach Vocal Competition.
International debuts for Ms. Matthews include the Orchestre Philharmonique du Strasbourg (Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder, Wagner Liebestod); Violetta (La Traviata) with the Festival Lyrique-Belle Ile en Mer; Haifa (Israel) Symphony (Opera Arias and Mahler Symphony No. 4); a concert tour and recording with the Orchestra of New Spain (Madrid) of classic works by Nebra and Soler; and Messiah with the Singapore Symphony.
Ms. Matthews recent American concert performances include appearances in Carnegie Hall (St. Matthew Passion); Kennedy Center (Mass in B Minor, Messiah); Alice Tully Hall (Messiah); with the Cleveland Orchestra (Beethoven Mass in C); Philadelphia Orchestra (Poulenc Gloria); Houston Symphony (Messiah); Knoxville Symphony (Mass in B Minor); Los Angeles Master Chorale (Brahms Requiem): with an esteemed list of conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Parrott, Joshua Rifkin, Robert Page, Paul Salamunovich, Richard Westenburg and Joseph Flummerfelt.
With over fifteen recordings, Ms. Matthews' discography continues to diversify. Her latest recordings include a performance of the music of Spanish composer Courcelle on the Solo Luminus label (release date fall 2007) and of the Bach Magnificat and Vivaldi Gloria with the Boston Baroque Orchestra (released January '06) on Telarc. Her impressive Bach collection also includes recordings as soprano soloist in the Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio (Bethlehem Bach Orchestra – Dorian); St. Matthew Passion (American Bach Soloists – Koch International Classics) and the St. John Passion (Pro Gloria Musicae). Ms Matthews is featured on recordings of all periods of music, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass; Italian solos by Ristori, Fux and Lotti; Buxtehude's solo cantatas; and consort music of William Byrd with the New York Consort of Viols (Lyrichord).
Recent debuts include a world premiere of Libby Larsens' I It Am: The Shewings of Julian of Norwich in Royal Albert Hall (Proms) and the Edinburgh Festival with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem; a world premiere by Boston composer Charles Fussill with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; chamber music concerts on the Philadelphia Bach Festival Series; and solos with the National Symphony in Kennedy Center.
Engagements for the '07-'08 season include a September recording of chamber music by composer Chris Dobrian, a Schubert lieder (Schwanengesang) - Peace Center in South Carolina (Oct), soprano/flute chamber music recital in Paris (Nov) Christmas concerts with the Bethlehem Bach Chorus & Orchestra and the International Music Foundation Messiah in Chicago's Lyric Opera Hall (Dec); Brahms Requiem at UC Davis (March), chamber music with the American Music Festival (March), Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Fort Wayne Symphony and a 10th Anniversary with Philadelphia's Singing City-Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (April).
In addition to a busy performing career, Ms. Matthews teaches and conducts master classes regularly at festivals and seminars. She has participated on the faculties of both Swarthmore College and Westminster Choir College as a professor of voice, and is currently a professor at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.