Audition Workshop with Matthew DiBattista
Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, collaborative pianist
Epiphany Early Learning Center
230 Centre St
Dorchester, MA 02124
Tenor Matthew DiBattista shared some of his expertise in auditioning and vocal performance for BSR members on March 2 from 1:00-4:00 pm. In masterclass format Matthew, along with collaborative pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, gave advice on how to present the best possible audition.
Described as “brilliant” by Opera News, Tenor, Matthew DiBattista, is continually in demand on some of the world’s most prestigious stages having performed opera and concert works throughout the United States and Europe. He has sung with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Seiji Ozawa, Keith Lockhart, Sir Andrew Davis and Robert Shaw. Known for an exceptionally varied repertoire, Mr. DiBattista has performed over 60 different roles to date spanning the entire operatic repertoire. He performed the past three seasons with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Parsifal, Capriccio, Der Rosenkavalier) where he sings Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor in the 2016-17 season. Other successes include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Die Meistersinger, Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, Norma), Glimmerglass Opera (The Abduction from the Seraglio, Falstaff, The Mother of Us All, Of Mice and Men, Central Park), Santa Fe Opera, New Orleans Opera (Pagliacci), Opera Omaha (The Tender Land), Tulsa Opera (Elmer Gantry, Of Mice and Men), Opera Boston (Angels in America, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Madame White Snake, The Nose, Tippett’sMidsummer’s Dream), Virginia Opera (A Streetcar Named Desire), Opera Colorado (Tosca), Tanglewood Music Center, Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre (The Good Soldier Schweik, Thérèse Raquin – “Matthew DiBattista portrayed the title character with a Chaplin-esque blend of whimsy and pathos. The luminous quality of DiBattista’s tenor was suited to both the mischievous, animated scenes as well as the poignant, affecting arias.” – Culture Spot LA), Boston Lyric Opera (Madama Butterfly, Midsummer Night’s Dream) and has appeared for eight of the last nine seasons as principal artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Pagliacci, Il tabarro, The Death of Klinghoffer, Alice in Wonderland, The Magic Flute, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Marriage of Figaro, The Ghosts of Versailles – “As the villain Bégearss, the mega-talented Matthew DiBattista was appropriately showy…” – Opera News). He has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera (Roméo et Juliette) and has won acclaim in a tour de force assignment — the four servants in Les contes d’Hoffmann (Florida Grand Opera, Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Palm Beach Opera).
On the concert stage, Mr. DiBattista has been soloist in Britten’s War Requiem with Keith Lockhart and the Dayton Philharmonic, Mozart’s Requiem at the 100 Day Festival in Lisbon, Portugal, Beethoven’s Symphony #9 (Boston Landmarks Orchestra at Fenway Park, Fresno Symphony, Wichita Symphony), Carmina Burana (Wichita Symphony, New Orleans Opera), Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Cincinnati May Festival), Britten’s Nocturne (Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra), as well as many performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Bach Passions, Mass in B-Minor, Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation and Mass in time of War, and Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with various orchestras and choruses across the country.
Mr. DiBattista can be heard as soloist in Samuel’s Hyacinth from Apollo (Vienna Modern Masters) and as the title role in Kamran Ince’s Judgment of Midas (Albany Records).