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ACQUANETTA

The studio recording of  Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman's new opera, Acquanetta, has just been released on the Cantaloupe Records label. Following the Prototype Festival's 2018 production, director Daniel Fish's vision of the opera evoked the spirit of 1940s horror movies, brillantly turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the genre that explores how vision relates to identity. Matt played the role of The Director in the premiere of the new chamber version of this work.

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THE THIRTEENTH CHILD

Matt is featured in the role of King Hjarne on the recording of Poul Ruders' new opera, The Thirteenth Child. Also featuring David Portillo, Alasdair Kent, Sarah Shafer and Ashraf Sewailam, the album has been released on the Bridge Records label, accompanying the opera's premiere at Santa Fe Opera.

"This studio performance is everything the composer could desire...The cast relish their roles, and everyone gets an opportunity to shine...Matt Boehler, as King Hjarne, with his sepulchral low notes...Five stars. A magical opera fairy tale."           

-Phillip Scott, Fanfare

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WNO COMMISSION

As part of Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative, Matt was commissioned, along with librettist Laura Barati, to write a new 20 minute opera. After several months of writing and workshopping under the mentorship of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, the opera, 75 Miles, premiered on January 12, 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

"The score, by composer and bass Matt Boehler, is particularly strong in such intense moments as Avery's 'I'll be okay' response to her mother, when tortured harmonies under the vocal line reveal the reality; and during the whispery orchestral coda, when the music conveys the toll of lingering questions."

-Tim Smith, Opera News

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THE CRADLE WILL ROCK

Opera Saratoga's recent production of The Cradle Will Rock, featuring Blitzstein's original orchestration, has been captured and released on a fantastic new disc via the Bridge Records label. The production features Matt as the villianous Mr. Mister.

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MARGINALIA

Inspired by the intimate material found by the researchers of the Book Traces project at the University of Virginia, Matt was recently commissioned to create an evening of song for the intrepid company Victory Hall Opera, where he is a proud member of the ensemble. The world premiere took place on February 18, 2018, to a sold out audience in the MacGregor Room of the Alderman Library on the UVA campus.

The ensemble featured three singers—Miriam Gordon-Stewart (soprano), Will Ferguson (tenor) and the composer (bass), as well as three instrumentalists: Garrick Zoeter (clarinets), Kristen Wojcik (cello), and I-Jen Fang (percussion)

(image by John Grant)

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BECOMING SANTA CLAUS

The fall of 2015 brought Matt to Dallas as he was featured in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s new opera, Becoming Santa Claus. Shortly after the premiere, American Record Guide hailed the work as, “A superbly conceived and crafted opera,” and the video recording of premiere is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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FOURSQUARE CATHEDRAL

Matt's song cycle, Foursquare Cathedral, was chosen as winner of the 2017 Art Song Composition Award by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Based on settings of five poems from poet Todd Boss’ acclaimed debut volume, Yellowrocket, the cycle was described by composer Lori Laitman, the lead adjudicator, as, “absolutely brilliant, from the first note to the last.” He will perform the piece this June at the NATS national convention in Las Vegas, and the cycle has been published by E.C. Schirmer.

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ELIZABETH CREE

Matt joined Opera Philadelphia's highly anticipated and groundbreaking O17 festival, creating the role of Uncle in the world premiere of the critically lauded new opera Elizabeth Cree by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell.
 

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