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American tenor John Matz, will sing at opening of new Solis Theater

August 24, 2004

The Embassy of the United States of America engaged one of the most prominent tenors in the United States to sing at the opening of the Solis Theater on Wednesday, August 25.

With a beautiful voice and a striking stage presence, Matz, will be the ideal figure to accompany the group of Uruguayan artists who will take part in this lyric gala celebrating the opening of the new Solís Theater.

In November 2002, Washington National Opera engaged John Matz to learn and understudy the tenor lead of Samuel Barber’s seldom-heard opera, Vanessa. Less than two weeks later, the 23-year old American made his unexpected Washington debut opposite Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and took over the entire run of performances. The combination of this “Cinderella” debut –coupled with a sizzling musical and dramatic electricity on stage– immediately signaled an exciting new tenor had emerged on the international operatic scene. Since then, Mr. Matz’s career has continued to develop impressively both at home and abroad.

During the season 2004-2005, John Matz will appear in Vanessa with the Los Angeles Opera and will then travel to Texas to perform in Madame Butterfly with the Dallas Opera. He will continue the season making his debut in Paris at the Theatre de Chatelet where he will sing at The Bassarids, by Henze. He will then perform with conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra at Beethoven 9th’s Symphony.

During the 2003-2004 season the young American tenor appeared in Madame Butterfly with the Los Angeles Opera and la Traviata both with the Washington National Opera and the Palm Beach Opera. He made his New York recital debut under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation in Autumn 2003 and his European recital debut in Summer 2004 at the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy where he collaborated with renowned French pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Mr. Matz also appeared in concert with renowned Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel in Winter 2004.

John Matz joined the Metropolitan Opera’s Liebermann Young Artist Program at age 20. In 2002, he won prizes Paris (Placido Domingo’s international opera competition Operalia), in New York (the Licia Albenese Puccini Competition), Los Angeles (the Loren L. Zachary Society National Voice Competition), and Montreal (the Jeunesesses Musicales International Competition). In 2003 the Marilyn Horne Foundation names John Matz one of its distinguished Young Artists, thereby recognizing his affinity for recitals in addition to his work in opera, oratorio and concert.

 

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