Baritone Matthew Sullivan’s voice has been described as “commanding” (Academy of Sacred Drama) and as a “consistent standout” (Washington Life) and he enjoys a busy career throughout the East coast and Europe. Current notable engagements this season include a recital of Micahel Rickelton's Battle Songs this November at St. David’s Episcopal in Baltimore, various recitals of Charles Ives’s music across New England, a performance of Bach's Weinachts-Oratorium at St. Stephen's in Ridgefield, a Messiah with the American Baroque Orchestra in Hartford, and a performance of Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion as Jesus for the Burlington Choral Society under Richard Riley.
In his most recent season, Sullivan performed as Pilate in Schumann’s 1851 realization of Bach’s St. John Passion, bass soloist in both Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater and MacMillan’s Seven Last Words of Christ, and Herod in Schütz’s Weinachtshisorie, all under David Hill with the Yale Schola Cantorum. In previous seasons, he sang as bass soloist for Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243), Trauerode (BWV 198), Pilate and bass soloist for Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244b), Cantatas 147 and 172, Mass in G-moll (BWV 235), Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30), Durufle’s Requiem (Op. 9), Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (Op. 45), Hasse’s Misererre, and both Jesus and evangelist in Pärt’s Passio. Prior to his studies at Yale, he sang as bass soloist for Telemann’s Der Tod Jesu (TWV 5:6), Handel’s Messiah, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit (H. 9), Haydn’s Theresienmesse (H. 22/12), and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Sullivan has appeared with such ensembles as Bach Collegium Japan, Yale Voxtet, Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Recital Chorus, St. Thomas’s Schola Antigua, Folger Consort, Mountainside Baroque, Friends of St. Bartholomew’s, Baltimore Baroque Band, Peabody Consort, Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, Bel Pianto, The Bridge Ensemble, Opera Lafayette.
On the stage, he has most notably sung the title role of Ulisse in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with Opera Studio Nederland, Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the American Opera Theater, Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in scenes at the Peabody Opera Theater, Frank in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with the Peabody Opera Theatre, and Lucas in Gluck’s L’Ivrogne corrigé
As a recording artist, Sullivan has been recorded on the Hyperion album both as the baritone soloist in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem and as Herod on the Yale Schola Cantorum’s Christmas album forthcoming featuring Schütz’s Weinachts-historie. His work on the Brahms recording has been described as "forthright and honest", and "suitably vulnerable." Previous to these works, he recorded Michael Rickelton’s Battle Songs for Albany Records, Felicien David’s Lalla Roukh with Opera Lafayette on Naxos, and theater music for Firaxes Games’s Civilization V. Of the Rickelton recording, Sullivan was described as "the best singer... strong and confident."
Sullivan is currently a resident of New Haven, CT, where he serves as a staff bass at Trinity Episcopal on the Green. He has previously appeared in masterclasses with Emma Kirkby, Christian Gerhaher, Julianne Baird, Peter Nilsson, Alexander Oliver, and Clara Rottsolk. His undergraduate studies with baritones William Sharp and John Shirley-Quirk culminated in a B.Mus. from the Peabody Conservatory, after which he earned his Mus.M. at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music under tenor James Taylor.