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.