Matt Hanscom began 2016 as Escamillo in Carmen followed by Stanley Kowalski in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire for Opera San Jose. Previous roles with Opera San Jose include the title role in Rigoletto, Scarpia in Tosca, Taddeo in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, Gino Carella in the world premier of Mark Lanz Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread based on the novel of the same name by E.M. Forster, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Future engagements with Opera San Jose include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in La bohème, and Lieutenant Gordon in the west coast premier of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night. Highlights from recent seasons include a “vocally and dramatically compelling" Comte de Toulouse in Verdi’s Jérusalem, 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 Turandot, all with Sarasota Opera.

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. 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.