Shawn Mathey

— Tenor

“Shawn Mathey turns Tamino into a heroic tenor.”
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, September 16, 2012-As Tamino in The Magic Flute

“A surprise addition to the production is Shawn Mathey coming in as a last-minute replacement for the ailing Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu. “Don Ottavio”, the patient hanger-on admirer of “Donna Anna”, is a vocally challenging and often thankless role for many tenors, including the Mozart tenor. It’s just the way the character’s two major arias sit in the voice and the fact that neither of the pieces catapult audiences to their feet. Not so for Shawn Mathey. He was completely at home in this role that marks his debut with SF Opera. His first act aria, “Dalla sua Pace”, was sweet and resonant in the house, Mathey displaying solid control throughout his range. The fireworks came in Act II with “Il mio tesoro”. Mathey’s coloratura is crystal clear and the upper register bright and passionate. This season he will go on to perform two other Mozart favorites, “Tamino” in Die Zauberflöte with the Dallas Opera and “Ferrando” in Cosi fan tutte at Bamberg.”
Sean Martinfield, San Francisco Sentinel, October 19, 2011-As Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni

"Shawn Mathey made an impressive Lyric debut as Lysander, displaying a honeyed tenor and proving both ardent and amusing in his sudden post-potion infatuation. "
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, November 2010-As Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream


Tenor Shawn Mathey performs in many of the most important and distinguished opera companies and music festivals in the world including the Paris Opera, the Opernhaus Zurich, the Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Theater an der Wien, and Oper Frankfurt, among many others.

Recently, Mr. Mathey made his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Erik in Der Fliegende Hollander and was seen in performances of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain. He reprised the role of Lysander . . .

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