Biography

Matthäus Schmidlechner

Current as of August 2019

Salzburg-born tenor Matthäus Schmid­lechner made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2018 as the First Jew in Salome, also appearing that summer as the Student and Vice-President in a concert performance of Gottfried von Einem’s Der Prozess and subsequently repeating these last-named roles for his Konzerthaus debut in Vienna. Other recent highlights have included Mime in Wagner’s Ring at the 2017 Inter­national May Festival at the Wiesbaden State Theatre. He had already sung Mime at the Linz Landestheater, where he has been a permanent member of the ensem­ble since the autumn of 2007. His other acclaimed roles for the company in recent seasons include Herod (Salome), the Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), Melot (Tristan und Isolde) and Aegisthus (Elektra).

In Linz Matthäus Schmidlechner has been heard in a large number of major roles in a repertoire extending from the Baroque to the present day and encompassing not only operas but also operettas. Among his roles with the company are not only the fore­going but also David (Die Meister­singer von Nürnberg), Valzacchi (Der Rosen­kava­lier), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Le Dancaïre (Carmen) and the Pro­logue / Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw) as well as Adam (Der Vogelhändler), Danilo (Die lustige Witwe), Eisenstein (Die Fleder­maus) and Leopold (Im weißen Rössl). He has also sung the title roles in three very different works in Linz: Rameau’s Platée, Britten’s Albert Herring and the world prem­iere of Balduin Sulzer’s Kaspar H.

Among the eminent conductors with whom Matthäus Schmidlechner has worked are Franz Welser-Möst, Dennis Russell Davies and Johannes Wildner.

In addition to works of music theatre, con­certs are also central to Matthäus Schmid­lechner’s schedule. His repertoire includes Bach’s Passions, Haydn’s oratorios, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bruckner’s Te Deum.

Matthäus Schmidlechner trained as a singer at the Salzburg Musikschulwerk and later with William Mason, Thomas Kerbl and Kurt Azesberger at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, from where he graduated in 2009. Within the framework of masterclasses and workshops he has worked with Michael Schade, Felicity Lott, Barbara Bonney, Gerhard Kahry and Arthur Korn.

 

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