Biography

Lauded by the Baltimore Sun for his “impassioned phrasing” and a “ping in [the] voice that pays dividends,” tenor Matthew Grills makes a company and role debut at the Opéra national de Lorraine as Idreno in Semiramide in the 2016-17 season. He also returns to Bayerische Staatsoper as a member of the company’s ensemble, where his roles include Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Doctor in The Fiery Angel, Liverotta in Lucrezia Borgia, Edgar Evans in Srnka’s South Pole, among others. In addition, he returns to the States for further performances of Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Atlanta Opera and sings the Berio orchestration of Verdi’s 8 Romanze with the Orchestre de la Haute Ecole de musique de Genève. Future engagements include his Seattle Opera debut in a leading Rossini role. Last season, he returned to San Francisco Opera as Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd as well as to the Bayerische Staatsoper for numerous roles.

His American performances in recent seasons include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Portland Opera, Fenton in Falstaff with Wolf Trap Opera, and Almaviva in family performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Nathaniel in Les contes d'Hoffmann with San Francisco Opera. Prior to joining the ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper, he was a member of the company’s prestigious Opernstudio and sang title role of Le comte Ory and Fabrizio in Martinů’s Mirandolina in the historic Cuvilliés Theatre, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Il giovedì grasso at the Schloss Nymphenberg, as well as a number of roles on the mainstage, including his first performances of Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He sang a solo recital at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center presented by the Vocal Arts D.C. and the Washington Performing Arts Society and recently joined the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah.

Mr. Grills is a 2012 grand-prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As a Resident Artist with Portland Opera, he also sang Goffredo in Rinaldo in addition to covering Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He is also a former Resident Artist with Santa Fe Opera, where he sang the role of Frank Harris in workshops of Morrison's Oscar in advance of the opera's world premiere as well as scenes of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He has sung previous performances of Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Seagle Music Colony.
The tenor holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where his performances included Jenik in The Bartered Bride and a Bachelor of Music from The Boston Conservatory where he sang Prunier in La Rondine, Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, and Robert in Hindemith's Hin und zurück in addition to scenes of the title role of Candide, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri. In addition to the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, the tenor has won first prize in the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition and the 2011 Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition.

Management

in co-operation with Channell:Arts

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Natascha van Randenborgh
Associate Director
natascha@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-7 76 88 20

Repertoire

 

Repertoire Opera

Bizet Carmen Dancaiiro
Donizetti Il giovedi grasso Ernesto
  L'elisir d'amore Nemorino
  Lucrezia Borgia Oloferno Vitellozzo
Duszynski & Hakenbeck Zeisl's Hiob (world premiere) Menuchim
Händel Rinaldo Goffredo
Martinu Mirandolina Fabrizio
Morrison, Theodore Oscar Frank Harris
Mozart Cosi fan tutte Ferrando
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Pedrillo
  Die Zauberflöte Monostatos
  Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann Nathaniel
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio
  La rondine Prunier
  Manon Lescaut Edmondo
  Tosca Spoletta
  Turandot Pong
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Almaviva
  Le comte Ory Le comte Ory
  Semiramide Idreno
Smetana The bartered bride Jenik
Sondheim Sweeney Todd Tobias Ragg
Srnka, Miroslav South Pole (world premiere) Edgar Evans
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Brighella
  Elektra Ein junger Diener
Verdi Falstaff Fenton
  La traviata Gastone

News

From Munich to Seoul and back again
Since the season 2015/16, Matthew Grills is in a steady engagement at the Bayerische Staatsoper München. He recently shone as Edgar Evans in the premiere of Miroslav Srnka's opera 'South Pole' alongside Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson. In March, Grills will go on a long journey to sing the part of Nemorino in Seoul in a concert performance of L'elisir d'amore on March 11th. Afterwards he will return to his parent house in Munich to sing the part of Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail on March 24th/30th and 31st.
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