photo by Tracy Love

Matthew Truss
New England Encouragement Award, 2006

Matthew Truss is a teacher and faculty outreach coordinator for the Berklee College of Music’s “City Music,” a nonprofit education program that uses contemporary music to reach underserved fourth to twelfth graders, in cooperation with similar music programs all across the country. The countertenor also maintains his career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and teaching artist, serving as Alto Section Leader at the First Parish of Cambridge (MA).


Originally from Indianapolis, in 2006 Matthew received his Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in opera performance from Boston Conservatory, where he performed the title role in Akhnaten (Philip Glass) and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Benjamin Britten). The countertenor appeared as Belize in Péter Eötvös’ Angels in America with Opera Unlimited, a joint venture of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Opera Boston. With Guerilla Opera Matthew premiered the roles of Rev. Eli Hunt in We Are Sons (Rudolf Rojahn), The Miller in Rumpelstiltskin (Marti Epstein), and Perforated in Loose, Wet, Perforated (Nicholas Vines). He has also been a frequent soloist with the Orchestra of Indian Hill. In 2008 Matthew received the Jerry Hadley Award in the Elardo International Opera Competition in Bruges, Belgium.



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