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 has recently been making many important international debuts. In this, his third season as the principal baritone at Germany's Theater Hagen, Kenneth Mattice will perform Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Edwin in Die Csárdásfürstin and Alfred in Die Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald. In previous seasons at Theater Hagen, Mr. Mattice performed the title roles in both Eugene Onegin and Jonny Spielt Auf, as well as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Valentin in Faust, Don Fernando in Fidelio and Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(Die Spinnen, die Römer). Previously, he made his German operatic debut with Oper Dortmund as Larry King in the European Continental Premier production of Anna Nicole (with his wife, soprano Emily Newton, in the title role).
Mr. Mattice has collaborated in new works with composer Carson Kievman in World Premieres of two of his operas: Hamlet (as Hamlet) and Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman (as the Bank Examiner) in Miami. Other performances have included the Macau International Music Festival(China), the Bergamo International Festival of Culture(Italy), Opera San Jose, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Tampa, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Opera Delaware, Opera Providence, Shreveport Opera, Opera Saratoga, Union Avenue Opera and Florida Opera Theater.