Matthew Treviño is a former member of the San Francisco Opera's prestigious Merola programme and is proving to be one of today's most sought-after young basses. The San Francisco Chronicle described his recent performances as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) as "sonorous and neatly malevolent” with The The New York Times also praising his “delightfully unctuous portrayal.” He won the 2011 Austin Critics’ Table Award for his performance in Michael Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat at Austin Lyric Opera.
Highlights for the current season include appearances as Leporello (Don Giovanni) for Opera Colorado and debuts with the St. Louis Symphony (Messiah) and London Chamber Orchestra (Mozart’s Mass in C minor). Last season he appeared as Timur (Turandot) at Austin Lyric Opera, the King (Aida) for Arizona Opera, Baron Douphol (La traviata) at Nashville Opera, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) with the Opera Theatre Company in Ireland and he made his role debut as Don Giovanni with Opera Naples.
"Matthew Treviño was a wicked Sparafucile, with fine low notes..." (Charles T. Downey, Washington Post, May 2013)
"Treviño fills out the robust sound of the baritone character here with a perfectly tuned polish to his voice. Doubling up later as Sparafucile, the merciless assassin, Treviño’s voice slides deeply into the bass range, providing a glorious sound for all to hear during his encounter with Rigoletto, A bold and boisterous sounding voice that repeats itself over and over in Act III when the assassin is encountered once more, first in scenes with his sister then again with Rigoletto; a superior sound if ever there was one to be heard from a bass." (Amanda Gunther, DC Metro Theater Arts, May 2013)
"The palm, however, goes to bass Matthew Trevino as Leporello. The audience fell in love with him from the outset, and his rendition of the famous "catalog" aria will be hard to forget." (Kelly Dean Hansen, The Daily Camera, April 2013)
“Christopher Magiera's Don Giovanni and Matthew Trevino's Leporello made a classic comic duo, and delivered all of their many recitativo scenes with wonderful pacing and humor. Trevino hammed it up in the Act 2 serenading scene, and both were lively stage animals throughout the show." (Ruth Carver, The Examiner, March 2013)
"Vocally this Flute made a very positive impression, pivoting round the superbly sung Sarastro of the young Texan Matthew Treviño, a genuinely deep-sunk bass of seamless evenness throughout the register. It’s an immaculately schooled voice." (The Magic Flute - Opera Britannia, February 2012)
"For much of the 2 1/2 -hour Opera Naples production last weekend, Trevino was onstage and relishing the rake's role every minute of it. Melodic, devilishly charming and expressive, Trevino was a perfect choice for Opera Naples' — and his own — premiere of the work. His portrayal was ear and eye candy for the audience." (Naples News, January 2012)
"To my mind and ears, however, bass Matthew Treviño stole the show as Dr. P. His rich voice and embodiment of the character drew me in and didn't let go." (The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat - Classically Austin)
"Matthew Treviño's creepy Commendatore made a big, impressive sound" (Don Giovanni - Opera News)
"Matthew Treviño was a sonorous and neatly malevolent Don Basilio" (Il barbiere di Siviglia - San Francisco Chronicle)
"But it was Texan bass Matthew Treviño who truly galvanized attention: his Sarastro was magnetically sung and acted, an eerily hermetic presence with an insinuatingly malevolent agenda (he manhandles Pamina creepily during one aria). Sarastro’s part goes very low musically, but Treviño’s bottom Fs were unpinched and beautifully supported, his sonorous, burnished tone and clear enunciation a source of constant pleasure." (Irish Theatre Magazine)
"Matthew Treviño offered sustained vocal dignity as Sarastro." (The Irish Independent)