Young American baritone Kenneth Mattice is earning international praise for his poignant singing, handsome appearance and his natural stage presence. Besides performing throughout the United States, this Wisconsin native recently made several important international debuts. One of those international debuts began last season when Mr. Mattice joined Germany's Theater Hagen as their principal baritone. In 2015/16, he performs the title roles in both Eugene Onegin and Jonny Spielt Auf, as well as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Don Fernando in Fidelio.
In addition to singing Sharpless and Don Fernando in Theater Hagen's 2014/15 season, Mr. Mattice also sang Valentin in Faust and Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(Die Spinnen, die Römer). In the previous season, he made his German operatic debut with Oper Dortmund as Larry King in the Continental Premier production of Anna Nicole (with his wife, soprano Emily Newton, in the title role). He also created the role of the Bank Examiner in the World Premiere of Carson Kievman’s opera Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman in Miami and had role debuts as both Eisenstein and Falke in Die Fledermaus. Other recent season’s engagements include creating the title role in theWorld Premiere of Carson Kievman’s Hamlet in Miami, a house debut with Opera Delaware as Silvio in Pagliacci, a concert with the Falmouth Chorale & Orchestra and singing Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Florida Opera Theater, Vero Beach Opera and First Coast Opera.
Il barbiere di Siviglia Roméo et Juliette Die Zauberflöte La Bohème Così fan Tutte
"...not only a confident singer with rounded, bell-like projection, but also an exciting actor who kept raising the energy level on stage."
"Kenneth Mattice was a charismatic and robust-toned Figaro. ...Mattice roamed the stage nimbly and rattled through his famous introductory patter song, 'Largo al factotum' with aplomb."