Matthew Ciuffitelli, Baritone

mciuffitelli@yahoo.com

OPERA BIO

Baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli has resonance and power” is what Brooklyn Discover raved about this up-and-coming baritone’s auspicious performance at a Columbus Citizen’s Foundation Event entitled Opera Night Live! These qualities were equally evident when he appeared as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Bob/Ben in The Old Maid and the Thief, Sergeant Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore and the Sacristan in Tosca, all with Eastern Opera Company. He was outstanding as Papageno in Magic Flute with Nyack Opera, as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Amore Opera, and as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and Angelotti in Tosca, both with New Jersey Festival OrchestraMatthew Ciuffitelli has also performed in The Telephone with Light Opera of New Jersey and as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte in New York’s Pardington Hall.

On the heels of his successful Carnegie Hall debut as featured solo artist in operatic concert, Mr. Ciuffitelli performed his first Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus to enthusiastic acclaim with Light Opera of New Jersey. Also recently, he appeared as solo artist in an international Broadway concert tour with the renowned Sharpe Family Singers.

Immediately upcoming, the up-and-coming baritone will return to Opera at Florham as featured solo artist in an April 2020 opera/operetta concert. In May 2020, Mr. Ciuffitelli will make his debut with the Choral Art Society of New Jersey as baritone soloist in his first Carmina Burana. Later in the season, he will debut with the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, again as baritone soloist in Carl Orff’s masterpiece. In the spring of 2021, he will make his debut as featured solo artist in an opera virtuoso concert with the Metro Chamber Orchestra of Brooklyn under the baton of Maestro Philip Nuzzo.

In 2017, Mr. Ciuffitelli served as featured Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera, where he performed as Official Registrar in the company’s auspicious production of Madama Butterfly. Also that season, he was an Emerging Artist at Opera St. Petersburg, where he covered the role of Valentin in Faust. Previously while in Chicago, Mr. Ciuffitelli was provided the unique opportunity to perform alongside the world-renowned Rolling Stones at Chicago’s United Center. He also appeared in the U.S. premiere of the mixed-media work, Mountain Top by Dutch avant-pop composer, Jacob Ter Veldhuis and later appeared in the A Tale of Two Cities 10th Anniversary Concert alongside the original Broadway and London cast.

Of further note, Mr. Ciuffitelli performed as Angelotti in New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s 2019 production of Tosca. He was also outstanding as solo artist in an Opera Tribute Concert to Licia Albanese, as produced by Opera at Florham to feature the winners of the company’s 2019 opera competition. The rising baritone earned third place in New Jersey State Opera’s opera competition, which presented him in a well-received opera gala concert. In December of 2018, Mr. Ciuffitelli appeared as featured soloist with the international concert group, Married to Broadway at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he reappeared as lead soloist in a brand new Broadway revue production entitled Best of Broadway with the Sharpe Family Singers this past summer 2019.

Baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli hails from Wantage, New Jersey and was a successful voice performance major at The Music Conservatory of Chicago’s College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey and continues his vocal studies with David Jones.

 

RESUME

OPERA  2020
Dr. Falke Die Fledermaus Light Opera Company of New Jersey
2019
Angelotti Tosca New Jersey Festival Orchestra
2018
Principal Understudy A Tale of Two Cities Birdland Theater
Slook La Cambiale di Matrimonio Phoenicia Festival
Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly New Jersey Festival Opera
2017
Valentin Faust St. Petersburg Opera
Official Registrar Madama Butterfly Sarasota Opera
Eisenstein Die Fledermaus Amore Opera
The Father Hansel and Gretel Eastern Opera Company
2016
Bob The Old Maid and the Thief Light Opera of New Jersey
Ben The Telephone Light Opera of New Jersey
John Jasper The Mystery of Edwin Drood Light Opera of New Jersey
Sid La Fanciulla del West Apotheosis Opera
Sergeant Belcore L’Elisir d’Amore Eastern Opera Company
Papageno Die Zauberflöte Pardington Hall, NY
Dr. Malatesta Don Pasquale Light Opera of New Jersey
  2015
Sacristan Tosca Eastern Opera Company
Bobby Worthington The Big Flush (World Premiere) Strawberry Fields Festival, NYC
  2014
Chorister Mountain Top (US Premiere) Chicago Conservatory Choir
2013
Chorister Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour United Center of Chicago
2012
Gaston Beauty and the Beast Peachcraft Studio, NJ
Link Hairspray Highland Stage, NJ
2011
Cinderella’s Prince Into the Woods Cohen Hall, NJ
2010
Glen The Wedding Singer SCCC Performing Arts Center, NJ
Prince Charming Cinderella SCCC Performing Arts Center, NJ
 
CONCERT/ORATORIO
Featured Solo Artist Opera Virtuoso Concert Metro Chamber Orchestra of Brooklyn 2021
Baritone Soloist Carmina Burana Choral Art Society of New Jersey 2020
Baritone Soloist Carmina Burana Phoenicia Festival of the Voice 2020
Lead Soloist Married to Broadway Broadway Concert Tour (bicoastal productions) 2019/2020
Lead Soloist A Broadway Holiday Show Resorts Atlantic City 2017/2018
Lead Soloist Life’s Not an Elvis Movie New Musical – Concept Album 2017
Bass Soloist  Mozart Requiem Master Works Chorus, NJ 2013
Soloist Phil Lid and Friends Annual Concert SCCC Performing Arts Center, NJ 2012
AWARDS/COMPETITIONS
Winner Opera at Florham Vocal Competition Madison, New Jersey 2019
Recipient Career Bridges Grant New York, New York 2018
Third Place New Jersey State Opera Vocal Competition Newark, New Jersey 2018
Semi-Finalist Debra Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Competition Vero Beach, Florida 2018
Semi-Finalist Classical Singer Competition New York, New York 2016
 
TRAINING/EDUCATION
Apprentice Artist Sarasota Opera Sarasota, Florida 2017
Emerging Artist St. Petersburg Opera St. Petersburg, Florida 2017
Vocal Performance/Theater Major Roosevelt University/Chicago College of the Performing Arts Chicago, Illinois
 

CAREER INFLUENCES
Voice Teachers:  David L Jones, Richard Stilwell, Harry Dworchak, Christopher King, Stan Dunn, Mark Crayton.
Audition/Vocal Coaches:  Deena Kaye, Kenneth Faulkner Alexander.
Stage Directors/Acting Coaches:  Beth Greenberg, Kestutis Nakas, Jane Alderman, Reegan McKenzie.
Conductors/Opera Coaches:  Victor DeRenzi, David Maiullo, Elizabeth Hastings, William Vendice, Mary Pinto, Philip Nuzzo, Jason Tramm, David Wroe, Mark Sforzini.