Matthew Valverde is quoted in the New York Classical Review as having a huge, handsome tenor voice. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and literature with a minor in vocal pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Kathryn Cowdrick.
An avid concert soloist, Matthew has performed in Texas and New York in performances of Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Vaughn Williams’s Serenade to Music, Mozart’s Requiem, and Britten’s Serenade and War Requiem. He has been a featured soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, and the Eastman School’s orchestras. He was the tenor soloist in the New York premiere of Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, RV 807 with First Inversion Vocal Ensemble last November.
Matthew recently appeared with the Rochester Lyric Opera as the title role in Musto’s Bastianello and has appeared with the Eastman Opera Theatre as Sam in Weill’s Street Scene, as Paolino in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, as Vašek in Smetana’s Bartered Bride. He was a guest artist as Apollonia in Haydn’s La canterina with the Nazareth College Opera. Matthew made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2014 with the RPO as Jonathan Banks in Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount.
He participated in the 2014 Vancouver International Song Institute’s Song Scholarship Program, the 2012 Art Song Festival at Baldwin-Wallace College, and the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s The Song Continues…2010 at Carnegie Hall.
A recipient of Eastman’s 2013 Teaching Assistant Prize for excellence in teaching, Matthew has a passion for vocal pedagogy and teaching voice. He serves on the voice faculties of Nazareth College and the Eastman Community Music School and has taught at the Clear Creek Music Festival in Halfway, Oregon and at Summer @ Eastman’s Music Horizons program. Matthew is a member of NATS.
Upcoming performances include Verdi’s Messa da requiem in July and Verdi’s La traviata in August.