Meet the Artist: Tamino, Shawn Mathey

Feb 12, 2013

Tamino is the first character to appear on the stage in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He has a bit of a rough time during the opera. He is irritated by the bird catcher, Papageno, attacked by a two-headed serpent, hunted by Monostatos for falling in love with Pamina, and taunted by the Three Ladies and their mistress, the Queen of the Night. Whew! That’s enough to destroy anyone’s power of positive thinking!

The nature of the story line requires the tenor singing Tamino to portray a wide range of emotions and physical movement in addition to being a phenomenal vocalist. Our Tamino, tenor, Shawn Mathey satisfies the demanding requirement’s of Mozart’s opera with grace and impressive vocal abilities. Mr. Mathey’s official biography is below. You can learn more about him on his web page.

SHAWN MATHEY–Biography provided by artist


Tenor Shawn Mathey performs in the most important and distinguished opera companies and music festivals in the world including the Paris Opera, the Opernhaus Zurich, the Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Theater an der Wien, and the Frankfurt Opera, among many others.

This season marks Shawn Mathey’s return to London for one of his signature roles, Tamino, at the English National Opera. He will reprise this role for further performances of Die Zauberflöte in Charlotte and Omaha. He will also be heard in an Opera Gala Concert at home in Toledo, OH. Further projects include returns to the Washington National Opera and the Cincinnati Opera, both in leading roles.

Last season, Mr. Mathey made auspicious debuts with the San Francisco Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, the Dallas Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, the Lisbon Opera as Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte and the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Join us on Friday, February 22 or Sunday, February 24 to see Mr. Mathey bring light and life to the role of Tamino. His portrayal is sure to delight and entertain you. For tickets go online or call 402-345-0606. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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