Matthew Anchel returns in the 2013-14 season as The Bonze in Madama Butterfly. Last season, Mr. Anchel made his OSJ debut singing the role of Ferrando in Il trovatore. Performances during the 2012-13 season included Alidoro (La Cenerentola) with Knoxville Opera, and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) with Music Academy of the West. His future engagements include joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its productions of The Nose and Die Zauberflöte, and returns to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for Sarastro in The Magic Flute, a production directed and designed by Isaac Mizrahi.
For the 2011-12 season Mr. Anchel was a member of the Ensemble of Oper Leipzig, singing Zaretski (Eugene Onegin), Alaska Wolf Joe (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), Marquis D’Obigny (La traviata), and The Police Inspector (Der Rosenkavalier), among others. From 2010-2011, he sang with Los Angeles Opera as a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, performing the roles of Count Ceprano (Rigoletto) and Fourth Noble (Lohengrin), both under the baton of James Conlon. He also joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Dr. Chausable in the world premiere of The Importance of Being Earnest.
Other performance highlights include Haraste (Troilus and Cressida) and First Soldier (Salome) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Familiare (Maria di Rohan) with the Caramoor Festival; and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro in his international debut with the Intermezzo Festival in Brugge, Belgium. He has also performed Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena), Oroveso (Norma), the Verdi Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah.
Mr. Anchel is a recipient of many awards, including Grand Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 3rd Place in the Palm Beach Opera Competition, an Encouragement Award from Opera Index, an Encouragement Award from the George London Foundation, a Loren L. Zachary Competition Finalist and Encouragement Award Winner, and 2009 New England Region Finalist (Boston District Winner) and a 2010 Western Region Finalist (Los Angeles District Winner) of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Mr. Anchel was born and raised in New York City, where he first attended the famed LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, and later attended Manhattan School of Music where he began studying with his current teacher, Patricia McCaffrey.
For more information, please visit Mr. Anchel’s website.