Tenor Mathew Edwardsen has been hailed by critics for both his singing and acting in his versatile performances of contemporary and traditional repertoire. In addition to a variety of Verdi roles, he regularly portrays such audience favorites as Don José in Carmen, B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Alfredo Germont in La traviata.
This year Mathew performed in New York Lyric Opera's Il trittico, singing both Luigi in Il tabarro and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. This was followed by the West Coast premiere of Charles Villiers Stanford's Stabat Mater and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang) in the European Masterworks concert presented by the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra. He then performed his first Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he sang the Schubert Mass No. 6 in E Flat with the New Jersey Choral Society. The previous year mixed the familiar – La traviata and Madama Butterfly – with the new, a Glimmerglass Opera/Opera Santa Barbara co-production of Aïda. In September, Mathew performed a concert presented by New York Lyric Opera featuring excerpts from Carmen, Manon, and Les contes d'Hoffmann.
Notable achievements for Mathew include his well-received debut in the title role of Otello with Sarasota Opera, a stunning international 3 Tenors Concert celebrating Albania's 100th Anniversary of Independence, his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the California Philharmonic, and performing Gherman in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame with Union Avenue Opera. He was an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera, and a Gerdine Young Artist for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. His numerous awards include being a triple-finalist in the Irene Dalis vocal competition, twice being runner-up in the Palm Springs Opera Guild competition, and being a Western Regional Finalist and New England District Encouragement Award winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.