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American tenor Shawn Mathey will replace Topi Lehtipuu as “Don Ottavio” in San Francisco Opera’s new production of Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI opening Saturday, October 15th. Topi Lehtipuu has withdrawn from this production due to illness. Shawn Mathey makes his San Francisco Opera debut with these performances in a role he has previously performed with Washington National Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Paris Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera and The Cleveland Orchestra.
“Although we regret the loss of Topi Lehtipuu and wish him the best in his recovery,” stated General Director David Gockley, “we welcome the opportunity to present the San Francisco Opera debut of American tenor Shawn Mathey in this production.”
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Sat. October 15th, 8 pm
Tues. October 18th, 8 pm
Fri. October 21st, 8 pm
Sun. October 23rd, 2 pm
Sun. October 23rd, 2 pm
Wed. October 26th, 7:30 pm
Sat. October 29th, 8 pm
Wed. November 2nd, 7:30 pm
Sat. November 5th, 2 pm
Thurs. November 10, 7:30 pm
SHAWN MATHEY performs in the most important and distinguished opera companies and music festivals in the world including the Paris Opera, the Opernhaus Zurich, the Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Theater an der Wien, and the Frankfurt Opera, among many others.
This season, Mr. Mathey makes debuts with the Dallas Opera as “Tamino” in Die Zauberflöte and the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as “Lysander” in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Further engagements include “Ferrando” in Così FanTutte in Bamberg, Messiah in Toledo, OH and concerts and a recording of Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 in F minor with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Marek Janowski.
Last season Shawn Mathey made his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed by Don Giovanni with the Zurich Opera and the Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Later in the season, he returned to the Washington National Opera as “Pylade” in Iphigénie en Tauride, followed by Die Zauberflöte with Cincinnati Opera.
DON GIOVANNI – Set design by Alessandro Camera
Prior to that, Mr. Mathey returned to Opernhaus Zurich in the title role of La Clemenza di Tito, “Tamino” in Die Zauberflöte, and “Ferrando” in Così fan tutte at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In concert, he appeared with the Bayerische Rundfunk in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Oratorio de Noël by Saint-Saens, as well as “Gonzalvo” in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. In the 2008-09 season, he performed “Tom Rakewell” in a new production of The Rake’s Progress at the Opernhaus Zurich, “Tamino” in Die Zauberflöte at the Paris Opera, and “Don Ottavio” in the first annual Peter Mattei Festival in Lulea, Sweden.
Mr. Mathey made his debut at the Washington National Opera as “Don Ottavio” in Don Giovanni, and also with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, first, in Berlioz’ Lelio, and later in Handel’s Messiah. Additionally, at Opernhaus Zurich, Mr. Mathey sang “Ferrando” in Così Fan Tutte and “Golo” in Schumann’s Genoveva – now available on DVD.
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: email@example.com.