Hailing from the small town of Union, Kentucky, tenor Matthew Pearce is a second-year master’s candidate at The Juilliard School, studying with Marlena Malas. At Juilliard, Mr. Pearce has performed in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges (as La théière), in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (Spärlich) and has covered the roles of Il Podesta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. He has appeared in the Juilliard Vocal Arts Cabaret and performed the premiere of Toys in a Field: Songs from Dien Cai Dau by Marc-Adrián Ramos with the Juilliard Orchestra.
Additionally, Mr. Pearce has performed in two New York Festival of Song concerts under the direction of Steven Blier, and made his David Geffen Hall debut as a featured soloist in the New York Premiere of Angela Rice’s Easter oratorio, Thy Will Be Done, with the National Chorale. In the summer of 2018, Mr. Pearce made his lead role debut as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the Chautauqua Institution. He also performed the role in City Lyric Opera’s performance of La Tragedie de Carmen in New York. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Mr. Pearce attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he performed in L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Le petit vieillard) and in Verdi’s La Traviata (Gastone).
Prior to his studies at Juilliard, Matthew Pearce attended the University of Kentucky, where he studied with Everett McCorvey. Next year, Mr. Pearce will be joining the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.