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Jeffrey Mattsey



 “Mattsey breathed life into the jealous but triumphant Marcello, his voice pure and poetic.”

The New York Times

Jeffrey Mattsey is renowned worldwide for the signature baritone roles that have defined his prominent career. A house favorite at The Metropolitan Opera, after making his company début in their production of Les contes d’Hoffmann, he returned as Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Mercutio and Paris in Roméo et Juliette, Silvano in Un ballo in maschera, Schaunard in La bohème, Hermann/Schlemiel in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Joe Castro in La fanciulla del west, Marullo in Rigoletto, and in productions of Doctor Atomic, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Andrea Chénier, Carmen, La traviata, Billy Budd, L’elisir d’amore, Francesca da Rimini, Die Fledermaus, and Così fan tutte, among many others.

Jeffrey also toured with The Met to Japan for their productions of Don Carlo and La bohème. After enjoying his 100th performance with the company as Señor Cascada in The Merry Widow, Mr. Mattsey returned to The Met as Montano in Bartlett Sher’s new production of Otello, Marullo in the Rat-pack inspired setting of Rigoletto, and for their productions of Die Fledermaus and L’elisir d’amore. Last season at the house, Mattsey reprised the role of Señor Cascada in The Merry Widow, sang the role of Padre Parson in The Exterminating Angel, and joined the company of their productions of Cosi fan tutte and Romeo et Juliette.

This season, Mattsey returns to the esteemed opera house for productions of La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi, Otello, and La traviata. Additionally, Mr. Mattsey performs the role of Uncle John in The Grapes of Wrath with Michigan Opera Theatre, Germont in La traviata with Northern Lights Music Festival, Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady: In Concert with Utah Symphony and Mayor Shinn in The Music Man: In Concert with Pacific Symphony.
Mr. Mattsey also performed several contemporary musical roles including Starbuck in 110 in the Shade, Red Shadow in Desert Song, and Robert Mission in New Moon all with New York City Opera; Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music with Central City Opera; and Emile de Becque in South Pacific with Ash Lawn Opera. Additionally, he toured North America headlining the comedy musical revue “Baritones Unbound” and performed with Alpine Theater Project as Harold in The Full Monty, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, and Hertz in Rock of Ages.

Additional noted engagements the past few seasons include the title role in Don Giovanni with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Central City Opera, and in the inaugural season of Opera Las Vegas; Laski in Emmanuel Chabrier’s comic opera Le roi malgré lui and as A Hack Actor in Schreker’s Der ferne Klang (The Distant Sound) with Bard SummerScape Opera; Marcello in La bohème, Ping in Turandot, and Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale with San Diego Opera; Renato in Un ballo in maschera and Riccardo in a concert performance of I puritani with Vancouver Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Vancouver Opera and Indianapolis Opera; Ping in Turandot with New Orleans Opera; Il Conte d’Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Madison Opera; Germont in La traviata at Opera Tampa; and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Lyra Ottawa. Additionally, he made his European début as Marcello in La bohème in Modena, Italy and then appeared again in La bohème in Genoa, Beijing, and at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Mr. Mattsey can be heard on the recording of Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610 with the Boston Baroque Symphony conducted by Martin Pearlman, which was nominated for Best Choral Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards. He can also be heard on A Salute to American Music, the Richard Tucker Foundation Opera Gala XVI by RCA, and on Songs from My Heart. Mr. Mattsey also appears on the RAI Italian television filmed production of La bohème with Luciano Pavarotti, released on Kultur Video.