About the Artist:
Matthew Grills is making his HGO debut. This season with the company, he also appears as First Jew in Salome. His recent performances include Ramiro in La Cenerentola and Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (Seattle Opera), Goro in Madame Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Santa Fe Opera), Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd (San Francisco Opera), Idreno in Semiramide (Opéra national de Lorraine), Nemorino in The Elixir of Love (Portland Opera, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra—Seoul, Korea), and Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Opera Santa Barbara, Berkshire Opera Festival). Grills has sung Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio with New Orleans Opera and Atlanta Opera as well as Belmonte in the same work with Opera San José. He is a previous member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera, where he sang roles that include his first performances of Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as in new productions as Kedril in From the House of the Dead, Danieli in Les vêpres siciliennes, and Vierter Knappe in Parsifal. On the concert stage, his performances include Orff’s Carmina Burana (Houston Symphony), Handel’s Messiah (Hartford Symphony Orchestra), and the Voice of God in Weill’s The Promise (MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra).