Northwest native mezzo-soprano Sarah Mattox is fast making a name for herself across the country. She has sung principal roles with such companies as Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Eugene Opera, Amarillo Opera, Tacoma Opera and others.
Recently, she won First Prize in the Belle Voci National Competition. Of her Cendrillon, the Seattle Times said "Sarah Mattox was both affecting and effective in the title role, with a polished and stylish performance." Other favorite roles include the title role in Carmen, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti.


Ms. Mattox made her professional debut with Seattle Opera as Feodor in their acclaimed production of Boris Godunov. The Seattle Times said that "…it was newcomer Sarah Elouise Mattox, in the ‘pants role’ of Boris’ son Feodor, who raised eyebrows all over the Opera House with her believable, lifelike acting and her well-schooled voice." In Cleveland, the Beacon Journal called her "…a rich-toned mezzo-soprano who came to life as Dorabella."


A sought-after concert soloist, Ms. Mattox has appeared several times with the Seattle Symphony. In Copland’s Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, Mattox impressed the audience "…with sensitive singing, a warm, expressive voice and clear diction," said the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She has also been a soloist with the Seattle Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, as well as the September 11th Mozart Requiem tribute performance. Additionally, she has appeared with many other regional orchestras, including the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Cascade Festival of Music. In 2007, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass under the baton of John Rutter.


An avid supporter of new music, Ms. Mattox has enjoyed success in various contemporary opera roles such as The Witch in Richard Brooks’ Rapunzel, Thyrsis in Bern Herbolsheimer’s Aria da Capo, the title role in Ned Rorem's Bertha, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw and Nancy T'ang in Nixon in China. She was also the mezzo soloist for the premiere performances of Andrew T. Miller's Christmas Cantata, The Birth of Christ. Ms. Mattox composed and performed her first song cycle, Fragments of a Portrait, in the Sunriver Music Festival’s Fireside Concert series. Her second song cycle, Scenes from Childhood for voice and violin, was performed in a chamber recital in Seattle.


Upcoming appearances include 2nd Maid in Seattle Opera's Elektra and Public Opinion in Eugene Opera's Orpheus in the Underworld.

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SARAH MATTOX, mezzo-soprano