Jeffrey Mattsey

Jeffrey Mattsey

Jeffrey Mattsey is renowned worldwide for the signature baritone roles that define his prominent career. A house favorite at The Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years and over 100 performances, future engagements include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Brett Dean’s Hamlet, as well as Otello with Cleveland Orchestra, and She Loves Me with Madison Opera.

Recently, he performed Germont in La traviata as well as the role of Mayor Shinn in The Music Man: In Concert with Pacific Symphony, Uncle John in The Grapes of Wrath with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady: In Concert with Utah Symphony.

Calendar

Event Date
Jan 29
to
Feb 20
She Loves Me
Zoltan Maraczek
Madison Opera
Madison, Wisconsin
Event Date
Mar 29
to
Apr 14
Otello
Montano
Pacific Symphony
Orange County, California
Event Date
Apr 4
to
Jun 9
Brett Dean's Hamlet
Claudius (cover)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York

Artist Bio

Jeffrey Mattsey is renowned worldwide for the signature baritone roles that define his prominent career. A house favorite at The Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years and over 100 performances, future engagements include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Brett Dean’s Hamlet, as well as Otello with Cleveland Orchestra, and She Loves Me with Madison Opera.

Recently, he performed Germont in La traviata as well as the role of Mayor Shinn in The Music Man: In Concert with Pacific Symphony, Uncle John in The Grapes of Wrath with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady: In Concert with Utah Symphony.

Mr. Mattsey 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.

After making his Metropolitan Opera début in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mr. Mattsey returned to the house 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 for productions of Doctor Atomic, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Andrea Chénier, Carmen, Billy Budd, L’elisir d’amore, Francesca da Rimini, and Die Fledermaus. 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. Most recently he joined the esteemed house to reprise the role of Señor Cascada in The Merry Widow, sing the role of Padre Parson in The Exterminating Angel, and for their productions of Cosí fan tutte, Romeo et Juliette, La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi, Otello, and La traviata. Additionally, Mr. Mattsey toured with the famed opera house to Japan for their productions of Don Carlo and La bohème.

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.

Updated 4.28.21

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Press

"...with his robust baritone, he was impossible not to love..." – Star-Bulletin

Figaro – “But Jeff Mattsey, as the irresistibly irrepressible Figaro, shone brightest. Light of foot and manner, handsome, charming – with his robust baritone, he was impossible not to love. When the lovers, Count Almaviva and Rosina, did finally unite, the opera culminated not in the traditional love duet, but, tellingly, in a trio: Figaro had a hand even in that.”

"...musically secure and with playful intelligence..." – The Salt Lake Tribune

Don Giovanni – “Jeff Mattsey proved a suave, even charming interpreter of the title role, musically secure and with playful intelligence. Nor did the singer shy away from Giovanni’s ugly side.”

"...his voice pure and poetic...” – The New York Times

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

“...Jeff Mattsey is another treasure..." – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Die Zauberflöte – “Jeff Mattsey is another treasure. He turns the birdcatcher Papageno into a mix of goofball and endearing pal. Skipping about the stage and tooting his pipe, Mattsey is sweet and hilarious, and his baritone wraps itself robustly around Papageno’s music.”

"...provides vocal and visual swagger…" – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

– “Baritone Jeff Mattsey provides vocal and visual swagger…Mattsey is the perfect foil: big and blustering, with a funny walk and a macho edge to his resonant baritone timbre. The Nemorino-Belcore duet in Act 2 is the evening’s best moment.”