Faculty Profile

Matthew  Wells

Adjunct Instructor in Music

B510
464-6317
Matt.Wells@valpo.edu


Biography

Tenor Matt Wells, a native of Indianapolis, IN, is equally at home on the concert and operatic stages.  Matthew completed both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance at Indiana University’s world-renowned Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Brian Horne and Patricia Stiles.  Over the past few years, his operatic credits include: Prunier in Puccini’s La Rondine; Don Basilio, Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro; Le théière, La Rainette in Ravel’s L’Enfant et le Sortilèges; Trouffaldino in Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges; Andres, Cochenille, Frantz, and Pitichinaccio in Les Contes d’Hoffman; and Little Bat McClean in Floyd’s Susannah

Matt sings regularly with Chicago's Music of the Baroque, and with Grant Park Symphony Chorus during the summers.

He spent the summer of 2010 as a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he appeared in the world premiere of Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket.  The summer prior he was engaged as an Opera Young Artist with the Crested Butte Music Festival. 

Recent concert work: Mass in B-minorMessiah (The Bach Institute and Callipygian Players), Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Aus der Tiefen, BWV 131 (Pro Arte Singers), Mass in B-minor (Columbus Indiana Philharmonic), and Sven-David Sandström’s Magnificat (Pro Arte Singers).  Previous professional choral experience includes regular engagements with the Aire Born Studio Singers, and Apollo’s Voice (chamber choir of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra).

In 2011, Matt had the opportunity to join the ensemble Vox Reflexa for its engagement with the national Festival de Musica Sacra in Ecuador during Holy Week 2011. 

Matt’s pedagogical approach is integrative - grounded in Italianate, bel canto technique, with additional influences from Oren Brown, and postural alignment ideas from Alexander technique.  He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.