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© Lucia Hunziker

Matthew Newlin

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Lyric tenor Matthew Newlin has been a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin ensemble since 2013, where he has sung such roles as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don José (Carmen), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Conte Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Alfredo (La traviata), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Andres (Wozzeck), Prunier (La rondine), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Italian Singer (Der Rosenkavalier), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Pong (Turandot), Helmsman (Der fliegende Holländer), God’s Fool (Boris Godunov) and Cassio in Verdi’s Otello, among others.


Besides his engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, he will sing in the current season the title role in the new production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at the Theater an der Wien in and he will be heard in Mouret’s Les Fêtes de Thalie under the baton of Christophe Rousett in Washington and New York.


In the 2022/23 season he made his acclaimed role and house debut as Matteo in Christof Loy’s new production of Richard Strauss’ Arabella at the Teatro Real in Madrid and also appeared as Jupiter/Apollo in Händel’s Semele at the Komische Oper Berlin and in the title role of Joachim Raff’s Samson at the Nationaltheater Weimar.


In the 2021/22 season, he appeared as Tamino at Oper Leipzig, as Pong in the new production of Turandot under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, as well as Andres in Wozzeck at the Opéra national de Paris, as Conte Almaviva at the Staatsoper Berlin, and in the title role of the new production of Lully’s Atys at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and at the Opéra Royal de Versailles.


Other guest engagements in recent seasons have taken him as Belmonte to the Semperoper Dresden, as Froh (Das Rheingold) to the Opéra national de Paris and the Munich Opera Festival, as Pong to the Bavarian State Opera, with the Omroep Muziek in Judith Weir’s Blonde Eckbert to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as Léopold in Halévy’s La Juive to the Staatsoper Hannover, as Alfredo to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and to the Theater Basel as Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress). He has appeared several times at the Festival d’ Opéra Baroque & Romantique de Beaune and at the Festival Musical de Namur. His collaboration with Leonardo García Alarcón at these festivals has resulted in several CD recordings. He has also been a guest at the Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, Atlanta Opera, Stadtheater Klagenfurt, Wexford Opera Festival, Theater Magdeburg, Nationaltheater Weimar, Buxton International Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and others.


Equally comfortable in concert and recital, Matthew was guest at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Bach’s Magnificat, and he also sang in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at the Quincena Musical San Sebastián and the Festival Internacional Santander. He has appeared under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas with both the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony in performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and Beethoven’s Fidelio. Other concert appearances include performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Solomon, Mozart’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge, and Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared, both in Czech and his own English translation.


In competition, Matthew was awarded the Opera Prize at the International Vocal Competition ‘s- Hertogenbosch in 2014. In 2013 he placed 2nd at the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, 3rd at both The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition and Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition. He is the winner of the 2012 Opera Birmingham Competition, the 2011 American Opera Society of Chicago’s Scholarship Competition, and the 3rd Place winner of 2012 The Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Regional Finals.


Matthew participated in the 2013 Merola Opera Program. He began a residency at Florida Grand Opera in the 2012/13 Young Artist Studio singing 1st Geharnischter in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Un notaro in Bellini’s La sonnambula, where he also covered the roles of Tamino and Elvino. In the 2011/12 season Matthew returned to the Santa Fe Opera singing performances of Condulmiero in the Rossini rarity Maometto II. He also sang Nikolaus Sprink in scenes from Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, and covered Matteo in Strauss’ Arabella. The preceding summer at the Santa Fe Opera, he performed English Tailor in Menotti’s The Last Savage and covered The Captain in Berg’s Wozzeck.


Born in the village of Georgetown (Illinois) Matthew received his Bachelor of Music and Business Minor degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He received his Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he also received an Artist Diploma in conjunction with two seasons in Chicago Opera Theater’s Young Artist Program.

October 2023 – For the most recent biography, please contact Nicola Kamphausen