American lyric baritone Matthew Hayward has rapidly established himself as one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He is the winner of the Gerard Souzay-Grand Concours de Chant and made his European debut in concert at the Salle Cortot in Paris.
In recent seasons, Matthew’s operatic engagements have included creating the role of “Marquis de Brisaille” in the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano at the Michigan Opera Theatre, “Ravenal” in Showboat at Lakewood Theater, “Gregorio” in Roméo et Juliette with Baltimore Opera, “Pelleas” in Pelleas et Melisande at Opera Theater Oregon, “Count Almaviva” in Le Nozze di Figaro with Skagit Opera and Washington East Opera, “Schaunard” in La Bohème with the Princeton Festival and Syracuse Opera, “Marcello” in La Bohème with Skagit Opera, Dancaïre in Carmen at Opera, New Jersey, “Black Cat” and the “Grandfather Clock” in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, “Ramiro” in L'heure espagnole, “Cardinal” in Galileo Galilei at Portland Opera, and “Ko-Ko” in The Mikado at Syracuse Opera and The Pirate King at Opera Idaho.
Active in recital and concert, he was personally invited by Maestro Julius Rudel to debut with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Arts Festival, where he sang an all-Kurt Weill Gala with soprano Angelina Réaux. He also sang the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s The Moabit Sonnets with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. Matthew has enjoyed a close association with the Aspen Music Festival and has sung recitals there featuring the works of Duparc, Schubert and Weill; performances of Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses, Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel and a Leonard Bernstein Gala with Broadway star Judy Kaye.
As the Founder of Vox Northwest Voice Studios, he maintains a select private voice studio in Portland, Ore., and is on the voice faculty of Portland State and George Fox universities. He is sought after as a district and state vocal judge in Oregon, as a master clinician at major universities throughout the West Coast, and as a dramatic and interpretive coach.