Matthew Carey

Baritone - Opera | Concert | Theater

Meet Matt

Baritone Matthew Carey has sung with opera companies throughout the United States as well as Germany, where he was lead baritone at the Stadts Oper Lübeck for four years. His leading roles include Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Valentin in Faust, Figaro in Barbiere di Seviglia, Taddeo in La Cenerentola, Alfonso in La Favorita, Heerufer in Lohengrin ,Lescaut in Manon, Marcello and Colline in La Bohème, Ford in Falstaff, Silvio in I Pagliacci and Don Giovanni. Matt has performed with the symphony orchestras of Hamburg, Kotka (Finland), Santa Barbara, the NDR Orchester of Bremen, the Delta Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. In concert, he has performed Carmina Burana, Messiah, The Creation, Elijah, the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Fauré, Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan-Williams), Old American Songs (Copland) and Drum Taps (Richard Pearson Thomas). Recent appearances on the theater stage include engagements with The Link Theatre Company as Henry in The Fantasticks and as a member of the New Rochelle Ensemble in Ragtime.

Matt has been a member of the voice faculty at Arkansas State University since 1997. In addition to applied voice, he also teaches Lyric Diction for Singers, Vocal Pedagogy and Song Literature. He has been the music director and conductor for the ASU Theater Department's Musical and has co-hosted the College of Fine Arts radio program "Spotlight on the Arts" on public radio NPR affiliate KASU 91.9 FM.

Matt is a prolific recitalist, performing all styles of song literature, and specializing in songs cycles. Most recently, he toured Schubert’s Die Winterreise in Alabama. He has conducted Vocal Master Classes throughout Arkansas, as well as Louisiana and Alabama. Along with his other voice colleagues, he conducts a weekly Studio Class open to all voice students. He is a regular adjudicator at State and Regional NATS competitions, where his students frequently reach the Finals, as well as other local and regional competitions. Matt continues to perform in opera, recital and concert both at A-State and around the country.

For the last 12 years, Matt has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in Singing Voice Therapy- the habilitation of the injured singing voice. In the Fall of 2014, in collaboration with A-State Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders Shanon Brantley, Matt conducted a 30 day pilot study examining the effectiveness of two different types of vocal exercises. More recently, he has been presenting The Singer’s Preventative Maintenance Program at universities in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama and New Jersey.

Watch Matt

Cabaret Songs - Richard Pearson Thomas

I Was There - Lee Hoiby

Te Deum - Tosca - Giacomo Puccini

Die Winterreise - Franz Schubert

Deh vieni alla finestra-Don Giovanni-Mozart

When the Air Sings of Summer-The Old Maid and the Thief-Menotti

O vin , dissipe la tristesse-Hamlet-Thomas

Zwei Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' von Mahler

Arias from Handel's 'Messiah': Thus Saith the Lord...But Who May Abide; For Behold I tell You a Mystery...The Trumpet Shall Sound

Scintille, diamant-Les Contes d'Hoffman-Offenbach

A Tribute to French Baritone Martial Singher

Vision fugitive from Hérodiade by Massenet

O du mein holder Abendstern from Tannhäuser by Wagner

Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo from Cosi fan tutte by Mozart

Find more on Matt's YouTube channel.




Dancaire and Morales in Carmen

Sid in Albert Herring

Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande

Alfonso in La Favorita

Valentin in Faust

Father in Hänsel und Gretel

Silvio in I Pagliacci

Lescaut in Manon

Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte

Herr Fluth in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Marcello in La Bohème
Colline in La Bohème

Figaro in Il Barbiere di Seviglia
Taddeo in L'Italiana in Algeri

Ford in Falstaff
Marquis D'Obigny in La Traviata

Wolfram in Tannhäuser


Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies
Henry Albertson in The Fantasticks


Opera Maya International Opera Festival
-June, 2017; Lead baritone soloist with festival orchestra

Recent Solo Recitals:

2019-Die Winterreise by Franz Schubert (Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Arkansas State University)

2018-An American Music Recital (Tulane University, University of Memphis)

2016-Das Italienisches Liederbuch by Hugo Wolf (Arkansas State University; with Marika Kyriakos and Bethania Baray)

2014-A Tribute to Martial Singher (Arkansas State University; with Victoria Kirsch; upcoming performance at The American Church in Paris, France-2022)

Selected Concert Repertoire:

Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams (most recent performance with the Concert Choir of Arkansas State University, 2020; Dr. Ryan Sullivan, conductor)

Coffee Cantata by J.S. Bach (most recent performance with the music faculty of Arkansas State University, 2020)

Carmina Burana by Orff (most recent performance with the Delta Symphony Orchestra, 2019)

Drum Taps for Baritone and Wind Ensemble by Richard Pearson Thomas (2017)

Messiah by Händel (most recent performance: 11/8 and 11/9, 2015 in Blytheville and Jonesboro, Arkansas with members of the Memphis Symphony)

Messiah by Händel: annual Messiah Sing with Kelly Craft and Forum Sinfonia (Krackow, Poland)

Gloria by Vivaldi

Elijah by Mendelssohn

Carmina Burana by Orff

Liverpool Oratorio by Paul McCartney

Vesperae Solemnes by Mozart

Johannes Passion by Bach

Magnificat by Bach

Ich habe genug by Bach

The Creation by Haydn

Requiems by Mozart, Fauré and Brahms (most recent Fauré Requiem: 11/1 and 11/7, 2016 in Blytheville and Jonesboro, Arkansas with members of the Memphis Symphony)

Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams

Selected Song Repertoire:

I Was There by Lee Hoiby (2015 and 2018)

A Tribute to Martial Singher by various French composers (2014)

Italienisches Liederbuch by Hugo Wolf (2015)

Trois Mélodie de Francois Villon by Claude Debussy (2014)

Pilgrimage by Carlisle Floyd (2017 and 2018)

Spanisches Liederbuch by Schumann

Schwanengesang by Schubert

Gypsy Songs by Dvorak

Die Winterreise by Schubert

Dichterliebe and Liederkreis Opus 39 by Schumann

Songs of Travel and Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan-Williams

La Bonne Chanson by Fauré

The Hermit Songs by Barber

Cabaret Songs by Bolcom

Drum Taps by Richard Pearson Thomas

Cabaret Songs by Richard Pearson Thomas

Selected songs by Brahms, Debussy, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Mahler, Strauss, Weill, Fauré, Ravel, Poulenc, Finzi, Barber, Duke, Ives, Bolcom, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rogers and Hart, Cy Coleman, Van Heusen, Burleigh, Mann and Hilliard, Pearson Thomas

Songs with Orchestra and Wind Ensemble:

Drum Taps by Richard Pearson Thomas (premier with A-State Wind Ensemble, (2/10/17)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Mahler

Old American Songs by Copland

Don Quichotte à Dulcinée by Ravel

Featured on Recording:

Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte by Schönberg for Disque Montaigne (with Stefan Litwin and the Arditti String Quartet)


Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte by Schönberg (Arditti String Quartet and Stefan Litwin; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009)

Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev (Northeast Arkansas Symphony, 2001)

Lincoln Portrait by Copland (Northeast Arkansas Symphony, 2000)

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