January Concert Guest Artist: Kenneth Mattice, Baritone
Kenneth Mattice, award-winning lyric baritone, is emerging as an exciting talent in the operatic world. Since his debut in Canberra, Australia in 1999, he has sung throughout the United States and in Europe. Richard Covello of the Chicago Tribune hailed him as an “outstanding baritone” and the Palm Beach Times described him as one who sings with “an expansive lyric vocalism”.
This Wisconsin native recently made debuts with Baltimore Opera (Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Hermann in Les Contes d’Hoffman), at the Ravinia Festival as Escamillo in Carmen, with the Opera Theatre North (Schaunard in La Bohème), and with the Chautauqua Opera (Wagner in Faust). Mr. Mattice has also appeared with the Chicago Opera Theater where he was featured in a recital series held at the Chicago Cultural Center. He has sung with the Pine Mountain Music Festival and the City Opera Company of the Quad Cities.
Additional credits include Papageno in The Magic Flute, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Henry in Street Scene and Marquis in La Traviata. Mr. Mattice won the 2004 Chautauqua Studio Artist Award and was a winner in the 2004 Bel Canto Italian Opera Competition, 2004 Friends of Austria Competition, 2003 Palm Beach Opera Competition and the 2003 Quad Cities Opera Competition.