Pianist and vocal coach Matthew Piatt is a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and alumnus of the Merola Opera Program; he makes debut on the War Memorial stage with this production after serving on the music staff of fourteen Company productions. He is currently in his fourth season as an assistant conductor and prompter with Lyric Opera of Chicago and has collaborated with Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, David Daniels, and Ailyn Peréz, among others, through that company’s community engagement initiatives. He has also been a member of the music staff at Opera Colorado and worked with Houston Grand Opera Studio. Piatt holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in piano from the University of Houston. During his studies there, he served as a coach and accompanist for twelve productions at the Moores Opera Center, which included the world premiere of The Thirteen Clocks by Christopher Theofanidis and a production of Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming, recorded for Newport Classics.