Matthew Shaw - Advice for Performing Arts Majors





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Published on Apr 19, 2012

Matthew Shaw was a 2011 Recipient of the Alumni Award from the College of Arts & Architecture at Penn State

Matthew Shaw ('97 B.M. Music) has spent the last few years traveling throughout Europe—for his career. Although he started out as a baritone, Shaw has been singing as a countertenor—meaning his upper vocal range is equivalent to that of an alto—since 2008, when he received critical acclaim for his performance as Endimione in Cavalli's La Calisto at the Landestheater Linz, Austria. Since then he has sung major roles with prestigious companies in cities across Europe, including Dresden and Dusseldorf, Germany, Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria.

"I didn't specifically plan to have a career in Europe, but I was thrilled when it worked out that way. For baroque opera in particular, Europe is really the place to be, as these operas have become incredibly popular there," Shaw explained. Highlights of his 2010--11 season include performing as Athamas, opposite Cecilia Bartoli, in Robert Carsen's production of Handel's Semele at Theater an der Wien in Vienna and appearing as Ottone in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea at both the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Semperoper Dresden. This summer he will perform the role of Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

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