Praised for his “rich baritone" and for singing with “power, insight, and flawless delivery," Baritone Matt Hanscom is enjoying success across the continent. Matt will begin his 2020 season at Sarasota Opera making a role debut as Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. The 2018-19 season began at Minnesota Opera as “Sleepy" Bill Burns and Fred McMullin in the workshop of the the world premier opera The Fix by Joel Puckett with libretto by Eric Simonson about the betting scandal in the 1919 World Series. This was followed by a return to Sarasota Opera for what Opera News called an “extroardinary" Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Finally another return, this time to the Sacramento Choral Society, for Mendelssohn’s secular cantata Die erste Walpurgisnacht started the spring season. The 2017-2018 season consisted of Escamillo in Carmen with the Spokane Symphony followed by de Brétigny in Manon for Opera Santa Barbara. Holiday concerts with the Sacramento Choral Society and Diablo Symphony were followed by the Father in Hansel and Gretel for Stockton Opera and Carmina Burana with the Sacramento Ballet. The season ended with concert performances for the Minnesota Opera. During the 2016-2017 season he was heard as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Marcello in La Boheme all with Opera San Jose. He joined the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem, the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra for Home for the Holidays, and performed in the West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night.

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.