Frederick Matthews


Baritone Frederick Matthews has been a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus since 1983. This native North Carolinian has appeared in a variety of solo roles on the main stage being praised by audiences and critics alike. International recognition came while on tour singing the role of "Jake" in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess when it was reported that he "projected evenly balanced singing and left an exquisite stage impression." (Neue Presse - Augsburg, Germany) In the San Francisco Opera's presentation of Wagner's Ring cycle, he covered the role of "Fasolt" in Das Rheingold. He also sang the role of "The Corporal" opposite Kathleen Battle and Frank Lopardo in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment. Of this performance a reviewer wrote, "Frederick Matthews magnetized attention . . . and was particularly affable as The Corporal." He has also appeared in a variety of roles with the Las Vegas Opera, Marin Opera, Sacramento Opera and San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. With Opera Pacific in Costa Mesa, California he sang the role of "Fiorello" in Rossini's The Barber of Seville opposite Judith Forst and Pablo Elvira. Of this performance the Los Angeles Times' described his performance as "strikingly mellifluous." Other roles performed with the San Francisco Opera include "Ein Diener" in Berg's Lulu, "The Official Registrar" in Madama Butterfly by Puccini, "Welko" in Arabella by Strauss, and a "Flemish deputy" in Verdi's Don Carlo. Mr. Matthews is also featured in the OSCAR WINNING documentary entitled: In The Shadow Of The Stars, produced by Light-Saraf Films now available on DVD.