Andrea Matthews has won the enthusiastic praise of audiences as well as critics for her work in opera, concert, recital, and recording. Among her operatic roles are Gilda in Rigoletto, Euridice in Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice, Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, Marie in Bartered Bride Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Nannetta in Falstaff, Musetta in La Bohème, and Violetta in La Traviata, which she performed during her engagement (1990-92) with the Aachen Opera in Germany, as well as on tour in Spain, Portugal, and Paris, France. In the Boston area she has appeared in recent seasons with the Boston Academy of Music in their productions of Arabella (named by Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe as Best of Boston 1998), Vanessa, and Il Trittico. Of her performance as Erika in Vanessa, Susan Larson wrote in The Boston Globe, Matthews wrung agony from her soul
she is a generous singer, honest down to her bones. Her recording of the role is now available on the Naxos label.
Ms. Matthews appearances for the 2003-2004 season will include: a Wagner Marathon (the inaugural concert of Richard Conrad's The Bostonians); Schützs Symphoniae Sacrae, Concord Chorus, MA; Handels Chandos Anthems 4 & 11 and Bachs Cantata 112, Berkshire Bach Festival, Great Barrington, MA; Handels Messiah, Philharmonic Orchestra of NJ; the title role in Victor Herberts Eileen, Richard Conrad's The Bostonians; Orffs Carmina Burana, Choral Arts Society of Portland, ME; Beethovens Ninth Symphony Wellesley-Brandeis Orchestra; and Brahms Requiem, Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus.
Her remarkably extensive and varied concert repertoire ranges from the works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, to the symphonies of Mahler and Strauss Four Last Songs, to Lloyd Webbers Requiem, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Glières Concerto for Soprano and Orchestra, Szymanowskis Stabat Mater, Barbers Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Góreckis Third Symphony. She has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati, Houston, Utah, New Jersey, and Baltimore Symphonies; Buffalo Philharmonic; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Prague Autumn Music Festival in the Czech Republic; Stuttgart Philharmonic in Germany; and New Yorks Mostly Mozart Festival and 92nd St. Y Chamber Symphony, among numerous others, and has had the pleasure of working with such renowned conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Hugh Wolff, Charles Dutoit, Robert Shaw, Dennis Russell Davies, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Neeme Järvi, JoAnn Falletta, and Gerard Schwarz.
A native of Needham, MA, and graduate of Princeton University, Ms. Matthews is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and the editor of ExChange, the journal of Alexander Technique International. She is also a member and Coordinator of the Voice Faculty at Wellesley College. She is represented by Laurence Wasserman of Thea Dispeker Inc., in New York City.
Role: Classical Artist