American lyric baritone Matthew Hayward has rapidly established himself as one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He is the winner of the Gerard Souzay-Grand Concours de Chant and made his European debut in concert at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France.
In recent seasons, Mr. Hayward’s operatic engagements have included creating the role of Marquis de Brisaille in the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Ravenal in Showboat at Lakewood Theater, Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette with Baltimore Opera, and Pelleas in Pelleas et Melisande at Opera Theater Oregon. Active in recital and concert, he was personally invited by Maestro Julius Rudel to debut with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Arts Festival, where he sang an all Kurt Weill Gala with soprano Angelina Réaux, he also sang the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s The Moabit Sonnets with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra.
A Seattle native, Mr. Hayward completed his undergraduate and graduate music studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As the Founder of Vox Northwest Voice Studios, he maintains a select private voice studio in Portland, Oregon and is serves on the voice faculty of Portland State and George Fox Universities. He is sought after as a District and State Vocal Judge in Oregon, as a Master Clinician at major universities throughout the West Coast and as a dramatic and interpretive coach.