Hailed by critics for both his singing and acting, tenor Mathew Edwardsen has wowed audiences worldwide with 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 and B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
In April of this year, Mathew performed in University of Missouri–St. Louis’ Music at Maryville concert series with the amazing pianist Alla Voskoboynikova and cellist Bjorn Ranheim. In July and August, he returned to the role of Cavaradossi in Tosca with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. He also recently made his company debut with Fargo-Moorhead Opera in the role of B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Other notable achievements include recent performances as Radames in Aïda with Skagit Opera in Seattle. It was his first opportunity to perform the role, after previously covering it in the Glimmerglass Opera/Opera Santa Barbara co-production. Other notable performances 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, and his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the California Philharmonic.
Mathew graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois with a BFA in Musical Theater. He was an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera and a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. His numerous awards include being a triple-finalist in the Irene Dalis vocal competition, two-time 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.