Matthäus Schmidlechner

Current as of August 2023

The tenor Matthäus Schmidlechner was born in Salzburg. In June 2023 he made a critically and publicly acclaimed debut at the Vienna State Opera as Mime in Der Ring des Nibelungen under Franz Welser-Möst.
Matthäus Schmidlechner has been a member of the ensemble of the Landestheater Linz since autumn 2023. There he has sung numerous roles, and enjoyed especial success as Mime, as Herod (Salome) and as Adam in Zeller’s operetta Der Vogelhändler. In the 2022/23 season his appearances in Linz included Don Basilio and Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro) and David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).
His engagements as a guest artist include Mime in the Ring at the International May Festival of the Wiesbaden State Theatre, and Salome and Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden at La Scala, Milan. In 2018 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in Salome, returning for Elektra and a concert performance of Gottfried von Einem’s Der Prozess. In autumn 2022 he made his debut at the Paris Opéra in a new production of Salome directed by Lydia Steier and conducted by Simone Young. His future projects include returns to the Paris Opéra and to La Scala.
Directors with whom Matthäus Schmidlechner has worked include Olivier Tambosi, Romeo Castellucci, Damiano Michieletto, Uwe Erich Laufenberg, Irina Brook and Anthony Pilavachi. He has performed under renowned conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Riccardo Chailly, Dennis Russell Davies and Markus Poschner.
His concert repertory includes Bach’s Passions, Haydn’s oratorios, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bruckner’s Te Deum. As a Lieder singer his key works include Ernst Krenek’s Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen; he has also performed this song cycle in an orchestral version, which he has recorded for CD.
Matthäus Schmidlechner completed his singing studies at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz with William Mason, Thomas Kerbl and Kurt Azesberger, graduating with distinction in 2009. During his studies he participated in masterclasses with artists including Michael Schade, Felicity Lott, Barbara Bonney, Gerhard Kahry and Arthur Korn.

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