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Matt Hanscom begins 2014 in his sixth season at Sarasota Opera as Le Comte de Toulouse in Verdi’s Jérusalem and covering Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  Highlights from past seasons include Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème that was “rich musically”, a “fully realized portrait” of Slim in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, and a “most expressive, technically secure, and vocally commanding” Ping in Puccini’s Turandot.

Matt has enjoyed success at the highest levels of national and international competition.  He was an international finalist in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Gütersloh, Germany.  He is a former national semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition as well as a former national semi-finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers.  He has been a finalist in Chicago’s Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition.  In consecutive years he was a district winner, followed by a national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and can be seen in the documentary film “The Audition”.

Possessing both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, Matt is an alumnus of many of the nations premier training programs such as Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artist Program, the Santa Fe Opera, the Merola Opera Program, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program, Chicago Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera Studio, and Central City Opera.




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