Quoted in the New York Classical Review as having a “handsome tenor that holds promise of bigger things to come,” Matthew Valverde recently 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, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Ramírez’s Misa criolla, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, and Britten’s Serenade and War Requiem. A winner of Eastman’s Vocal Concerto Competition, Matthew sang four orchestrated mélodies by Henri Duparc with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neil Varon. He is featured on the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) recording of Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music under Christopher Seaman for Harmonia Mundi. Matthew made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2014 with the RPO as Jonathan Banks in Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount. Dr. Valverde was the tenor soloist in the New York premiere of Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, RV 807 with First Inversion Vocal Ensemble in November 2015.
Experienced on the opera stage, Matthew has most recently performed with the Rochester Lyric Opera as the title character in John Musto’s Bastianello. He has appeared with the Eastman Opera Theater as Sam in Weill’s Street Scene, as Paolino in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, as Vašek in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and as Robert in Hindemith’s Hin und züruck. He was featured as a faculty guest artist as Apollonia in Haydn’s La canterina with the Nazareth College Opera Workshop. Matthew has performed the role of Don José in Marius Constant’s adaptation of La Tragédie de Carmen with the Texas Christian University (TCU) Opera Studio. He participated in the 2012 Art Song Festival at Baldwin-Wallace College and the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s The Song Continues…2010 at Carnegie Hall, and was a finalist in the Franco-American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours de Chant in 2009.
Equally comfortable as choral singer and conductor, Dr. Valverde received his Masters in Music in choral conducting from TCU in 2009. He sang Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Britten’s War Requiem with the Internationale Bachakademie’s Festivalensemble Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling. Matthew continues to perform with professional choral ensembles including Vox Humana (David Childs; Dallas, TX), Voices Chamber Choir (William Weinert; Rochester, NY), and First Inversion Vocal Ensemble (Lee Wright; Rochester, NY).
A recipient of Eastman’s 2013 Teaching Assistant Prize for excellence in teaching, Matthew has a passion for vocal pedagogy and teaching voice. Dr. Valverde has taught at the Clear Creek Music Festival in Halfway, Oregon and at Summer @ Eastman’s Music Horizons program. He teaches at Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) and the Eastman Community Music School. Matthew is a member of NATS.