Matthew Yohn recently performed several speaking roles in the U. S. premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Estonian oratorio Tallinn Mass – The Dance of Life. This harkened back to the old flame he held for classical theater during his years in the nether regions of western New York State, where he performed the works of Shaw, Jonson, the Edgar adaptation of …Nicholas Nickleby, and a bit of Shakespeare. Matthew’s operatic training took place at the Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Richard Cross. His performance history, predominantly around New York City, includes the works of Rimsky-Korsakov and Cui, Humperdink, Offenbach, Beethoven, Puccini, Poulenc, Massenet, Mascagni, Mozart, and a bit of Wagner. More widely traveled in the ensemble arena, his early musical experience began at age ten with national tours with a resident boychoir based in Princeton, New Jersey. Having sung throughout the U. S. and much of Saskatchewan, Canada before the age of 13, more recent ensemble work has taken him to France, Germany and the Czech Republic, and Episcopal churches throughout New York City, as well as a brief moment onscreen in HBO’s Angels in America. Delighted now to be plowing more deeply into new music in New York, Matthew has done solo and ensemble performances in the works of de Kenessey, Kurz, Salzman, Ince, and Scearce.
When not onstage, Matthew pursues a very full career in sound design, audio engineering, and recording; complex and nuanced designs for the theater contrast with frenzied nights spent with big loud rock bands in big boomy arenas. Should he find a bit of time when he is neither onstage nor backstage, he creates wood carvings or heads to the woods of his native Pennsylvania to disappear on solo, multi-day treks.