Composer Opera Role
B. Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Oberon*
Death in Venice Apollo
F. Cavalli La Calisto Endimione
C. W. Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo*
G. F. Händel Agrippina Ottone*
Giulio Cesare Cesare, Tolomeo
Orlando Orlando*, Medoro*
Partenope Arsace*, Armindo*
Rinaldo Rinaldo*, Eustazio*, Goffredo*
Rodelinda Bertarido*, Unulfo*
Tamerlano Tamerlano*, Andronico*
C. Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea Ottone
W. A. Mozart Mitridate Farnace*
A. Riemann Lear Edgar
A. Vivaldi Orlando Furioso Ruggiero*

*not yet sung on stage


Matthew Shaw

American countertenor Matthew Shaw has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting talents of his generation, with performances of leading roles at internationally-acclaimed theaters including Vienna's Theater an der Wien, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Dresden Semperoper, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the Nationaltheater Mannheim.  His interpretations of both Baroque and Contemporary repertoire have gained world-wide attention.


Mr. Shaw's 2015/16 season includes return engagements at several companies, as well as significant debuts. He begins the season singing for the first time in Hungary, where he will perform Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Müpa Budapest with the Orfeo Orchestra.  He remains in Budapest for his debut with the Hungarian State Opera as Edgar in Aribert Reimann's Lear. Later in the season he will be a guest at the Semperoper Dresden (his fourth engagement with the company) to reprise his portrayal of Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare.  Mr. Shaw will be heard again at the Nationaltheater Mannheim for another modern opera, Salvatore Sciarrino's Superflumina.


His busy 2014/15 season included several important guest engagements in Germany.  He made his debut at the Theater Erfurt singing Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, and returned to the Semperoper Dresden to perform Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare. Mr. Shaw also debuted at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where he sang the leading role in Achim Freyer's World Premiere production of Lucia Ronchetti's Esame di mezzanotte, to great critical acclaim.


Mr. Shaw's 2013/14 season was highlighted with a return to the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, as Endimione in a new production of La Calisto.  The 2012/13 season featured his Scandinavian debut in the role of Edgar in Lear at the Malmö Opera in Sweden.


During the 2011/12 and 2010/2011 seasons, Mr. Shaw made several important role and company debuts. At Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, he performed the role of Athamas in Robert Carsen’s production of Semele, opposite Cecilia Bartoli and under the baton of William Christie. He also performed Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Ottone in new productions of L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Semperoper Dresden.


The 2009/10 season found Mr. Shaw in Germany and Switzerland, where he sang the title role in Giulio Cesare at Theater Dortmund and Oper Kiel, and performed Endimione in a new production of La Calisto at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.  He was also heard in the United States as a soloist in Handel's Judas Maccabeus with the Berkshire Choral Festival.


Prior to his swift and critically-acclaimed transition to countertenor as Endimione in La Calisto at the Landestheater Linz in 2008, Mr. Shaw achieved considerable success as a baritone on both the concert platform and operatic stage.


Highlights of his performances as a baritone include the role of Jupiter in the North American premiere of Lully’s Psyché at the Boston Early Music Festival (released on the CPO label); his Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach Cantatas under the baton of Ton Koopman; Fauré’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony; Masetto in Don Giovanni with the National Philharmonic; his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as José Tripaldi in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamarat the Ojai and Ravinia Festivals under the baton of Robert Spano; a tour of Dido and Aeneas with the Aix-en-Provence Festival; his Ravinia Festival debut singing the world premiere of Lita Grier’s Songs From Spoon River; performing as a soloist in Handel’s Solomon with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; and recitals at New York’s Austrian Cultural Forum. Mr. Shaw was also a finalist in the Chimay International Baroque Singing Competition and a Young Artist with the Pittsburgh Opera.


Mr. Shaw received his Bachelor of Music from Pennsylvania State University and his Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music.  In 2011, he received the Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award.


October 6, 2017

Countertenor Matthew Shaw debuts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s L’invisible

Countertenor Matthew Shaw makes a debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s L’Invisible at Deutsche Oper Berlin on October 8, 2017.
The production is conducted by Donald Runnicles and directed by Vasily Barkhatov.
Further performances: 18./22./25/31.October 2017

January 12, 2017

Countertenor Matthew Shaw stars as Tolomeo in Haendels Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Theater Freiburg

Countertenor Matthew Shaw stars as Tolomeo in Haendel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Theater Freiburg from Saturday, 11th February 2017.
The production is conducted by Egon Mihajlovic and directed by Florentine Klepper.

May 27, 2016

Countertenor Matthew Shaw returns to Hungarian State Opera Budapest to appear as Edgar in Reimann’s Lear

Countertenor  Matthew Shaw returns to sing the role of Edgar in Reimann’s Lear at the Hungarian State Opera Budapest, for which he received great reviews, on Sunday, 29th May and Tuesday, 31st May 2016

May 7, 2016

Matthew Shaw returns to Nationaltheater Mannheim in Sciarrino’s Superflumina!

After his successful house debut in Mannheim last season, countertenor Matthew Shaw returns to Nationaltheater Mannheim on May 7th for performances of Sciarrino’s Superflumina! Additional Performances: 11., 28. May and 11 June 2016

March 9, 2016

Countertenor Matthew Shaw appears as Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Semperoper in Dresden

Countertenor Matthew Shaw appears as Tolomeo in a revival of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Semperoper Dresden.   The production, which premieres on Friday, 18th March 2016, is directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog amd conducted by Alessandro De Marchi.

January 27, 2016

Countertenor Matthew Shaw makes his house debut at Hungarian State Opera in Reimann’s Lear

Countertenor Matthew Shaw will make his house debut at the Hungarian State Opera in Reimann’s Lear, singing the role of Edgar.

The production is directed Ferenc Anger and conducted by Stefan Soltesz.

Performances begin on Saturday, 30th January 2016

Further dates: 2nd, 11th, 13th February 2016 as well as 29th and 31st May 2016. […]

December 5, 2015

Matthew Shaw and Hagar Sharvit in Monteverdi’s Poppea

Matthew Shaw and Hagar Sharvit star as Ottone and Ottavia at the Palace of the Arts (MUPA Budapest) production of L’incoronazione di Poppea on Nov 26, 27 and 29. Cond: György Vashegyi and the Orfeo Orchestra.

March 4, 2014

Countertenor Matthew Shaw as Endimione in the Premiere of Cavalli’s La Calisto Saturday March 8 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Matthew Shaw returns to the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden for the new production premiere of Cavalli’s La Calisto in the role of Endimione!  Additional performances: March 17, 30, April 11, 19.  Conductor:  Sébastien Rouland  Stage Director:  Teresa Reiber
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September 25, 2013

Matthew Shaw’s countertenor shimmered and bloomed…

“Matthew Shaw’s countertenor shimmered and bloomed as he brought to the disowned Edgar an increasing sense of light and hope.”
Opera September 2013, Asa Helena Malhammar
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September 25, 2013

Matthew Shaw – eine schöne Entdeckung!

“Eine schöne Entdeckung ist Countertenor Matthew Shaw als Edgar, dessen klare Stimme auch die höchsten Töne mühelos meistert und der in der Vorstellung als armer Tom fast außerweltliche Traurigkeit verströmt.”
Opernwelt Sept 2013, André Bücker