During the 2017/18 season, Tiago Matos joined again two Opéra national de Paris (OnP) productions; playing Un Députée Flamand in the new production of Don Carlos (Verdi), staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski and conducted by Philippe Jordan; and also Il Marchese d’Obigny in Traviata (Verdi) conducted by Dan Ettinger and staged by Benoit Jacquot. He also gave a recital integrated in the educational season of the OnP. Then, he was Le Chat and L’Horloge Comtoise in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel) at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, in Lisbon, conducted by Joana Carneiro and staged by James Bonas. Tiago also presented his first solo recital with the pianist Rafael Gordillo in Madrid, singing Songs of Travel (Vaughan Williams) and other works by Ravel, Rodrigo, Fragoso and Croner de Vasconcelos.
During this summer he was Moralès on Carmen (Bizet) with the Opéra en Plein Air, touring eight nationals monuments and castles around France, and in January 2019 he will start a new production of the Académie de l’OnP of Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), where he will be Frank, directed by Faiçal Karoui and staged by Célie Pauthe.
In October 2012, Tiago was accepted in the Atelier Lyrique de l’OnP, which he attended until June 2014. Last season, Tiago Matos performed the title role in Don Giovanni (Mozart) at the Bobigny MC93, directed by Alexandre Myrat and stage direction by Christophe Perton, and Junius, in The Rape of Lucretia (Britten), with the Ensemble Le Balcon, conducted by Maxime Pascal and directed by Stephen Taylor at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet. He also participated on a set of concerts dedicated to Rameau with Les Folies Françoises, including a CD recording “Rameau chez Madame de Pompadour” for the NomadMusic label. On his first season with the Atelier, he played the part of Bonafede in Il Mondo della Luna (Haydn), directed by Guillaume Tourniaire and under the stage direction of David Lescot, at Bobigny’s MC93, and Enrico in Isola Disabitata (Haydn), under the direction of Iñaki Encina-Onion and stage direction of Dominique Pitoiset and Stephen Taylor. Still within the Atelier Lyrique, Mr. Matos has already performed in the Palais Garnier with the Orchestra de l’Opéra national de Paris and done Art Song recitals at the Amphithéâtre Bastille and Auditorium du Louvre.
Tiago Matos has made his debut in the OnP main season in 2014 playing Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), directed by Damiano Micheletto and conducted by Carlo Montanaro. Then, he was Un Chevalier in Le Roi Arthus (Chausson), directed by Graham Vick and conducted by Philippe Jordan and Il Conte di Ceprano in the new production of Rigoletto (Verdi) by Graham Vick, which was conducted by Nicola Luisotti, both of the with the OnP. He participated in the french tour of Les Caprices de Marianne (Sauget), playing Le Chanteur de Sérénade, an opera conducted by Claude Schnitzler and Gwénolé Ruffet and directed by Oriol Tomas. Between 2014 and 2016, this production was presented in fifteen major opera houses around France. Tiago also interpreted the title role in Don Giovanni (Mozart) in the Estates Theatre, where the opera was first presented, with the Prague Summer Nights festival and then Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette (Gounod), with the Savannah Voice Festival, conducted by Jorge Parodi and staged by Fabrizio Melano. In the last season, Tiago played the role of Dancaire in two productions of Carmen: with The Grange Festival, directed by Annabel Arden and conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud; and then in the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, in Lisbon, a production signed by Juan Anton Rechi and conducted by Rory Macdonald. Tiago has also played several other major roles, such as Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Peter in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers (Offenbach) and O Mestre de Música, a portuguese version of II Maestro di Capella (Cimarosa). He was also part of the São Carlos Opera Studio in 2011.
Tiago performed in Thessaloniki, Greece, twice – for the Lieder Eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler) and for the 9. Sinfonie (Beethoven), both under the direction of Alexandre Myrat, with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. In Tiago’s home country, Portugal, he returns to 9. Sinfonie, with the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa, under the direction of Pedro Carneiro, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon. Casa da Música, in Porto, was the stage of Requiem (Fauré), under the direction of Paul Hillier, with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and of Messiah (Händel), with the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música, directed by Laurence Cummings. It was also through the directing hands of Laurence Cummings that Mr. Matos performed the Missa em Sol Maior (Carlos Seixas), with the same orchestra, at the prestigious London Händel Festival. Tiago was also part of the Lisbon concert Te Deum em São Roque last season, singing the Te Deum (Charpentier) with the Choir and Orchestra Gulbenkian, conducted by Jorge Matta.
Tiago Matos is an awarded baritone, having won the first prize and prize for Best Interpretation of Lied/Mélodie in the VI Portuguese Rotary Foundation Singing Competition and the second prize in the 2012 edition of the Portuguese Prémio Jovens Músicos. Along with the soprano Marina Pacheco and the pianist Pedro Costa, Tiago created, in 2017, the project “À la joie!”, which celebrates, each year, important composers’ ephemeris. “À la joie!” is supported by the GDA Foundation and was presented around Portugal, Belgium and France. In July 2018 the Trio went for the first time to Mozambique to work with Xiquitsi, an educational and social project based on El Sistema.
The baritone Sherrill Milnes and his wife Maria Zouves have been playing a very important part in Tiago Matos’ development in his singing skills, for which he is truly thankful. Tiago often attends the VOICExperience Foundation programs, in Tampa (Florida), Savannah (Georgia) and NYC, where he had the opportunity to work with Sherrill Milnes himself, Mark Schnaible, Andrew Bisantz, Gerald Martin Moore, Jorge Parodi, Chris Cano, Dan Gettinger, Tito Capobianco, among others. After his very first attendance in one of the programs, in 2011, Mr. Matos was chosen by Mr. Milnes and Mrs. Zouves to participate in the Opera Tampa Young Artists, a program which they then ran.
Tiago obtained his degree in Music – Singing from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where he studied under the supervision of Isabel Alcobia and António Chagas Rosa. He attended several masterclasses and summer programs such as the Académie Mozart du Festival d’Aix-en-Provance, the ENOA masterclasses and the Académie Internationale Michel Plasson working with Joan Dornemann, Sophie Koch, José Van Dam, Ann Murray, Eugene Kohn, Tom Krause, Pat MacMahon, Michael Rhodes, among others. At this moment he is studying with Michelle Wegwart.