Matthew DiBattista’s engagements this season include Camille Raquin in Picker’s Thérèse Raquin (Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater); Curley in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men (Tulsa Opera); Britten’s War Requiem (Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra); and the servant in Capriccio (Lyric Opera of Chicago). Last season’s engagements include his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Parsifal; Eddie Fisslinger in Elmer Gantry (Tulsa Opera); and Monastatos in Magic Flute (Opera Theatre of St. Louis). Recently he sang Steve Hubble in A Streetcar Named Desire (Virginia Opera), Beppe in I Pagliacci and Tinka in Il tabarro (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), and Jack in Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage (Boston Modern Orchestra Project). Career highlights: Jasper Vanderbilt in Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals (world premiere, Skylight Opera Theatre); roles in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (American premiere, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Stage Manager in Rorem’s Our Town (Monadnock Music Festival); Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Boston Lyric Opera); Molqi in The Death of Klinghoffer and Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles (Opera Theatre of St. Louis); David in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Boston Symphony Orchestra); Flavio in Norma (Tanglewood, Charles Dutoit conducting); the title role in The Good Soldier Schweik (Long Beach Opera); Yarzhkin in The Nose (Opera Boston); Jack O’Brien in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Louis in Eötvös’ Angels in America (North American premiere, both with Opera Boston); Martin in Copland’s The Tender Land, (PBS’ “Great Performances”); and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Glimmerglass Opera).


Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | March 5, 2015
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | November 10, 2012

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