American tenor Shawn Mathey makes his San Francisco Opera debut this season in a role he has previously performed with Washington National Opera, Frankfurt Opera, and in Paris, Zurich, Cleveland, and Sweden. He performed with San Francisco Symphony in 2007 in Berlioz’s Lelio and as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Mathey’s other engagements this season include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) with the Dallas Opera, Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera, and Ferrando (Così fan tutte) in Bamberg. Career highlights include Tamino at the Paris Opera; Beppe (Pagliacci) at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Lysander with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Pylade (Iphigénie en Tauride) with Washington National Opera; Tamino with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; Tamino, Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Golo (Schumann’s Genoveva, available on DVD), Ferrando, Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera), and the title role of La Clemenza di Tito in Zurich; the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) with Houston Grand Opera; and Ferrando at the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals and in Munich, Vienna, and Paris. The tenor is a frequent guest at Frankfurt Opera, where he has sung Ferrando, Tamino, Belmonte, the Painter (Lulu), Lurcanio (Ariodante), Kudrjáš (Káťa Kabanová), and Fenton (Falstaff).