Praised by the Boston Globe for her “pristine timbre and expressive face,” Ms. Matthews is a highly sought-after soprano in multiple genres and styles of music.
Most recently, Ms. Matthews appeared in the inaugural Stencils Festival with Strange Trace Opera. She has also performed with Enigma Chamber Opera as Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Promenade Opera Project as Marzelline in Fidelio & Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and, and with Boston Conservatory Opera as both Despina in Così fan tutte and Lucinda in Nico Muhly’s chilling Dark Sisters. Multiple festivals have featured Ms. Matthews, including Operaworks, where she was an Emerging Artist, Opera Steamboat, where she was seen as Oberto in Handel’s Alcina, and Opera Breve Vocal Institute, where she delighted audiences as Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring. Other notable appearances include Olympia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with the University of North Texas Opera, and with the Musical Theatre of Denton as Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story and Cosette in Les Misérables. Partial role credits notably include Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, Marie in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Najade in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
As a concert soloist and early music aficionado, Ms. Matthews has most recently been featured with the Trinity Church in Copley Square as the soprano soloist in both Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Other solo repertoire includes the Angel in Respighi’s Lauda per la natività per la signore, the soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, and the soloist in the Brahms Requiem. Ms. Matthews also has extensive choral experience, with performed works in her repertoire including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Haydn’s The Creation, and the requiems of Fauré, Duruflé, and Mozart. A specialist of French art song, Ms. Matthews has been featured at Boston College's 100th Anniversary Concert and at the Museum of Fine Arts to perform works by Debussy, Fauré, and Satie, as well as in full recital as part of the Cox Chapel Performance Series at Highland Park United Methodist Church.
An avid supporter of new music, Ms. Matthews is a founding member of Boston-based Strange Trace Opera, which seeks to highlight new composers & new works, while making opera more accessible to diverse audiences. She has premiered multiple operas, chamber works, song cycles, and mini-operas, including Dream Paths by Dr. Kirsten Broberg, See You Today, a one-woman opera by Joshua Scheid, and The Missing Piece and October Surprise, both by Greg Nahabedian.
Ms. Matthews, a native of Dallas, Texas, has been ensconced in music from an early age, beginning with violin, which she played for ten years, and teaching herself piano to accompany herself. She gained bachelor’s degrees in both Voice Performance and French at the University of North Texas. She then relocated to Boston to pursue her masters degree in Opera at the Boston Conservatory of Berklee. A passionate student of pedagogy and body work, she now teaches and sings full-time in the New England area, in addition to pursuing her Alexander Technique teacher certification under Debi Adams at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Ms. Matthews also holds her 200 hour yoga teacher certificate, with more than 8 years of teaching experience, and is a regularly booked stand-up comic in her spare time.