Matthew Patrick Morris

baritone or bass voice, actor
Matthew Patrick Morris has garnered international recognition for the depth and versatility of his artistry as an actor and singer. He is as equally at home on the opera, concert, and Broadway stages as he is on film and television. As Le Monde declared regarding his performance of Papageno in Peter Brook's adaptation of the Magic Flute, Une Flûte Enchantée, "you really want to hear him in either an opera or a musical. He has a big presence, a warm baritone voice, immense humanity, and the gift of an actor."

In the past few years Morris has debuted at the American Repertory TheaterThe West End, at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris and the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, with the Amarillo, El Paso, Gotham Chamber, and New York City Operas, with the Boston, American, London, and Leipzig MDR Symphony orchestras, starred in the National Tour of Scrooge: The Musical, and appeared on Law & Order and in the movie The Producers!
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NameMorris, Matthew Patrick
Date of Birth1985-02-21
Born inUnited States, North America
Home LocationNew York City, United States
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages French,  Italian,  Spanish; Castilian,  German 
attended UniversitiesJuilliard School, Bard College Conservatory

TMC Nights, 2012, including the Festival of Contemporary Music
2012-09-23 Webpage, Tanglewood
"If I single out Matthew Morris, the baritone who took on the Berlin songs and Burnett's "My Melancholy Baby," it is not because he was any better than his peers - all were outstanding - but because his delivery of the songs was so sophisticated and polished that it conveyed a highly amusing archness, which was more intended to entertain than to make fun of the old favorites. Mr. Morris also poured a bit of Noël Coward and German cabaret into the American cocktail. It will be interesting to see what he does with his talents in the future."
(Michael Miller)
REVIEW from 2012-09-23  
The 2nd half of a recital with pianist Milena Gligic at Bard Conservatory in 2012.

1. Matelot by Noel Coward
2. Trois Ballades de François Villon by Claude Debussy
3. A Death in the Family by Tom Cipullo
4. Lenny the Leopard by Irving Fine
5. En Sourdine by Gabriel Fauré
6. Prayer by Morten Lauridsen
7. Music of Heaven by Jason Robert Brown 
Straight to Hell, But in a Good Way
2015-11-25 Huffington Post, New York City
"Matthew Patrick Morris as Masetto has been making a name for himself not only in opera and recitals (I saw him recently at the Brooklyn Art Song Society) but also television and theater. His Masetto was perhaps the biggest revelation of the evening. Masetto can be funny! Who knew? In addition to lovely singing...Morris had the audience cavorting with laughter."
(Glen Roven)
REVIEW from 2015-11-25  
Mab la reine des mensonges
"Mab la reine des mensonges" from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette 
I think it's going to rain today
by Randy Newman with John Musto at the piano. 
Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten
Le Chat in Ravel's "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges"
Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem (3. Herr lehre doch mich)
Baritone Soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, 2014. 
Proud of Your Boy from "Aladdin" by Al Menken
performed at Stewart Hall in Sherwood Forest, MD with pianist Liz Beckman. 
Ensemble in "Crossing"
a new American opera by Matt Aucoin at the American Repertory Theatre, directed by Diane Paulus. 
Review: Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tirésias), Aldeburgh Music
2012-11-01 Webpage, Aldeburgh

In the '58 production, conducted by Charles Mackerras, those roles were dutifully played by Jennifer Vyvyan and Peter Pears and for this current staging two very talented American-born singers took the bull by the horns - soprano Ariadne Greif and baritone Matthew Morris. They excelled (and looked very comfortable) in their respective roles.

Greif radiated a rich and warm soprano voice, strong and accurate, while her stage presence was mesmerising to say the least. She put in a thoroughly commanding and effortless performance that thrilled a packed house while Morris equally matched her vocal skills and stage prowess in every conceivable way.

(Tony Cooper)
REVIEW from 2012-11-01  
Papageno in Peter Brook's "Une Flûte Enchantée"
Le Mari in Mamelles de Tiresias at Aldeburgh Music Festival
2011-02-04 Webpage, Grenoble
"Mais surtout grande présence, voix chaude de baryton, immense humanité, jamais ridicule (merci Brook!) du Papageno de Matthew Morris. On a vraiment envie de l'écouter à l'opéra ou dans un musical, car son style élégant et retenu, sa voix, bien en place, très dominée, son émission claire, sont des atouts: il est applaudi à rideau ouvert, et c'est le seul.C'est aussi le seul à dominer, ou simplement à avoir un jeu d'acteur, les autres restent bien raides et sont quelquefois un peu empotés."
(Le Monde: Blog du Wanderer)
REVIEW from 2011-02-04  
Claude in Gluck's L'Arbre Enchanté
in performance with Fire Island Opera Festival. 
Apollo in Gluck's "Alceste"
with Santa Fe Opera and starring Christine Brewer in the title role. 
Marius in Les Misérables
in performance with Amarillo Opera.