American tenor Matthew Vickers has been praised for his “brilliant and golden voice” (Die Kleine Zeitung), his “burnished sound and confident acting” (National Post), and hailed as “a gutsy performer whose glowing tenor voice has interestingly dark, baritonal undertones (Opera Now).
In the 2018-2019 season Mr. Vickers performed the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Memphis, was in concert with Sarasota Opera, debuted with the Macerata Festival as Don José in Carmen, and sang Canio in Pagliacci with the Savannah Music Festival. His 2019-2020 season sees a return to Virginia Opera as Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème with Dayton Opera, Principe Dimitri in Risurrezione with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Carmel Symphony, Sam in Susannah with Annapolis Opera, and Calaf in Turandot with the Evansville Philharmonic.
The 2017-18 season included his debut as Arnold in Guillaume Tell with Opera Southwest as well as returns to Opera Western Reserve as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sarasota Opera as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Opera Roanoke as Rodolfo in La bohème, and Opera Delaware as Luigi in Il tabarro. In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Vickers performed the role of Don José in Carmen with Opera Western Reserve, covered Canio in Pagliacci with Virginia Opera, sang Avito in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re with Sarasota Opera, Sam in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Opera Roanoke, Luigi in Il tabarro with the Opera Company of Middlebury, and the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Ashlawn Opera. In the 2015-2016 season, he made his Sarasota Opera debut as Arrigo in Verdi’s La battaglia di Legnano, stepping in for an ailing colleague; took part in the east coast premiere of Faccio’s Amleto with Opera Delaware as Laertes, and performed the title role in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz with Boston Midsummer Opera. The 2014-2015 season saw him as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème with Penn State Opera Theatre and Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana with Minnesota Concert Opera.
Oratorio engagements for Mr. Vickers have included Handel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Regina coeli with Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and concerts such as Opera 101 with St. Cloud Performing Arts Center, Viva Verdi with the McPhail Center of Music, and appearing as a featured soloist with the Penn’s Woods Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Vickers is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Third Prize in the Annapolis Voice Competition in 2015; in 2014, he received the Encouragement Award in the D.C. Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (MONCA) and in 2013, he won the Philadelphia District of the MONCA. In 2012, he was awarded the Audience Favorite and Third Prize Awards at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Meistersinger Concert in Graz, Austria. He is also the winner of both Penn State University and Lynchburg College’s Concerto Competitions and a two-time award recipient at the National Associations of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition.
Mr. Vickers received training from the young artist programs at Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, and the American Institute of Musical Studies, in Graz, Austria. He holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Lynchburg College. A native of Telford, Pennsylvania, he currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.