Praised for his “smooth, rich sound” and “stylish power” by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun, bass Matthew Curran brings a blend of intelligent musicianship and strong dramatic instincts to a variety of repertoire. Mr. Curran begins the 2015-2016 season singing the role of Ramfis in Aida at both Opera Southwest and Baltimore Concert Opera. He also appears as bass soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with St. Andrew Music Society in New York City.
In the 2014-2015 season Mr. Curran debuted as Timur in Turandot at St. Petersburg Opera in a performance praised as “stalwart and moving” by area press. He also sang Polonio (Polonius) in the American premiere of Amleto (Hamlet) at Opera Southwest and joined Baltimore Concert Opera as Ferrando in Il Trovatore. He appeared as bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with New Jersey Master Chorale, as bass soloist in a program of sacred music from 17th Century Rome with the Mallarmé Chamber Ensemble and The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and as bass soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with Long Island Choral Society where he was Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, Mr. Curran performed in the premiere reading of The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, a new comic opera by Martin Hennessey, as well as in the first reading of excerpts from The Wing Wherewith, a new work by composer Julian Grant and Pulitzer prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell. He also appeared in recital with pianist Michael Fennelly as part of the University Glee Club Afterglow Series in New York City.
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