The American tenor, Matthew Anderson, studied at Lawrence Free State High School in Lawrence, Kansas (Class of 1999). He studied Classics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and voice at the New England Conservatory in Boston. 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. hE is a two-time prize-winner in the American Bach Society Competition and winner of the second prize in the Oratorio Society of New York's Solo Competition, in which he also won the Westenberg Award for 18th Century Stylistic Interpretation.
Matthew Anderson has been praised for the warm tenor voice and polished musicality he brings to oratorio, opera, and musical theater. An accomplished interpreter of the music of J.S. Bach, he sings regularly as a soloist in Bostonís renowned Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata Series. He appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival as a soloist in the Saint Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and spent several summers at the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was featured as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow and aria soloist in the Saint John Passion (BWV 245). He has received particular acclaim for his portrayals of the Evangelists in J.S. Bach's Passions, which he has performed throughout the USA.
Recent performances from Matthew Andersonís varied repertoire include George Frideric Handel's Acis and Galatea (Damon) with the Mark Morris Dance Group; J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata (BWV 211) with Boston Baroque; W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Igor Stravinsky's Renard at Tanglewood and the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Mark Morris Dance Group; G.F. Handel's Messiah with the Masterwork Choru at Carnegie Hall; John Harbison's Winter's Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Haydnís Creation and J.S. Bach's Saint John Passion (BWV 245) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) (Evangelist) with Emmanuel Music; Benjamin Britten's Serenade with Discovery Ensemble; J.S. Bach's Saint John Passion (BWV 245) and Saint Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (Evangelist) at Princeton University, Boston University, and the University of Chicago; A Little Night Music (Mr. Erlanson) with Emmanuel Music; and B. Britten's Les Illuminations with The Orchestra of Indian Hill.
Matthew Anderson 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, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cantata Singers, Musicians of the Old Post Road, Back Bay Chorale, New Bedford Symphony, and Handel Choir of Baltimore. Also recognized as a gifted performer of the American songbook, he won high praise for his performances with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra in Carousel (as Mr. Snow), A Richard Rodgers Celebration, and An Evening of Cole Porter.
Matthew Anderson currently resides in Boston