Tenor Matthew Valverde is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music, where studies with Kathryn Cowdrick. An avid concert soloist, Matthew has performed in Ft. Worth, TX and upstate New York in performances of Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, and Britten’s Serenade and War Requiem. As a winner of Eastman’s Vocal Concerto Competition, he performed four of Duparc’s orchestrated mélodies with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra under Neil Varon. He is featured on the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music under Christopher Seaman for Harmonia Mundi.
Experienced on the opera stage, Matthew has been seen with the Eastman Opera Theater as Sam in Weill’s Street Scene, as Paolino in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, as Vašek in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and as Robert in Hindemith’s Hin und züruck. He was recently featured as a faculty guest artist as Apollonia in Haydn’s La canterina with the Nazareth College Opera Workshop. He participated in the 2012 Art Song Festival at Baldwin-Wallace College and the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s The Song Continues…2010 at Carnegie Hall.
A recipient of Eastman’s 2012–13 Teaching Assistant Prize, Matthew has a passion for vocal pedagogy and teaching voice. He teaches at Nazareth College, the Eastman School, the Eastman Community Music School, the University of Rochester, and maintains a private studio.