News AND Events

2019

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Pacific Opera Project's Super Flute  - Video Game inspired Mozart
Matthew filmed POP's Livestream Sunday, March 10th

On Sunday, March 10th, Matthew filmed the Pacific Opera Project's video game-inspired production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, replete with references across the 8-bit spectrum. Livestream and YouTube links below for anyone who'd like to enjoy the show!

The Keys of Life, Uriel's Justice (Book 1 of 3) COMING SOON!
Matthew is narrating the epic trilogy about fallen angels and the pure of heart

"Long ago, a violent war erupted between the Children of the Nephilim, who had once taken Eve's daughters as wives, and the Pure of Heart. The Nephilim's thirst for revenge rages through history as they slowly infiltrate global corporations, secret societies and international politics. The goal - total domination..."

With an anticipated release date in the second quarter of 2019, you won't want to miss this epic adventure!

Tigran Mansurian & Johannes Brahms with the Lark Musical Society
January 27 and March 2, 2019

Matthew performed Tigran Mansurian's Ars Poetica and Brahm's German Requiem, Schicksalslied, and Alto Rhapsody with the Lark Musical Society at Zipper Hall and in the Ambassador Auditorium on January 27th and March 2nd.

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Mesopotamian Opera Company's The Tree
Matthew to sing in the Mesopotamian Opera Company's "The Tree" this July

Matthew will be rejoining the Mesopotamian Opera Company as they remount The Tree. The reading will be performed in July in Highland Park or South Pasadena. More details to come!

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Pacific Opera Project's La Boheme, aka "The Hipsters"
Matthew filmed the Pacific Opera Project's signature production, La Boheme, in December 2018.

Setting Puccini's most beloved opera in modern-day Highland Park, "The Hipsters" defined POP's brand and particular style for making opera accessible and entertaining. To watch the livestream recording, click on the poster to the left or the link below.

L.A.M.P. (Los Angeles Magic Police) Director's Cut
Team Trinoceros releases its Director's Cut of "LAMP." Still only 48 hours to film, but more time to edit!

In his fifth collaboration with Team Trinoceros, Matthew plays a troubled father, obsessed with the desire to see his departed daughter and plagued by voices only he can hear. Will he prevail in defying nature and reviving his daughter, or will the magic police stop him before any more harm can be done? Of the 173 competing teams, Trinoceros' L.A.M.P. took 2nd Runner Up (3rd Place) in the "Best Film" Category. It also took home "Best Visual Effects," the Audience Award for Screening Group C, and a nomination for "Best Acting Ensemble (among 10 other nominations).  

Links to watch the director's cut to the left and below.

The Slave Letters - Live Preview
October 28, 2018 in Encino, California

After a successful concept trailer, Michal Dawson Connor presented a live preview of The Slave Letters in October 2018 for a select audience. After some time to mix and master the audio and edit the film, that performance is now available for viewing by the public!

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LA Camerata Early Music Ensemble and Katherine Trimble
Matthew recorded Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Trimble with LA Camerata early music ensemble Jan. 23rd

Watch and listen to Mezzo Soprano sing "Erme solinghe cime" by Francesco Cavalli, 

"Freu dich erloste Schar," by Johann Sesbastian Bach, and Lucrezia's aria by George Frideric Handel with the LA Camerata early music ensemble.

Performed in Burbank, CA 01/23/2019 with period instruments at A = 415

Carmina Burana - Westminster Chorale & Huntington Beach Symphony
Sunday, March 3, 3 PM and Friday, March 9th at Orange Coast College and The Armstrong Theater

From the Promoter: 

"Carmina Burana is a riot of hedonistic choral writing and impulsive, percussive rhythms, spanning the modern to the medieval. Hear this massive piece in its entirety with full orchestra and powerful singers. Check out our two performances March 3rd in Costa Mesa and March 8th in Torrance."

2018

Holiday Caroling
The Charles Dickens Carolers
Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties
High Holy Days
Temple Judea
Reformed Synagogue in Tarzana, CA
Holiday Caroling
The Other Reindeer
Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties
Advent and Christmas
Oneonta Congregational Church
South Pasadena, CA
Kerry Irish Productions
Matthew in Celtic Wings with Kerry Irish Productions
November 1, 2018 at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, CA

Matthew performed as a singer in a sextet with Kerry Irish Productions featuring authentic song and dance from Kerry, Ireland and beyond. 

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Oneonta Congregational Church presents "A Musical Salon"
October 21st at the Onteonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena, CA

Matthew will perform in a concert featuring an assortment of solo and ensemble music spanning from Romantic opera (Verdi) to light folk music (Crosby, Stills, and Nash). Admission is free.

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L.A.M.P. (Los Angeles Magic Police) takes 3rd Place in LA 48-Hr Film Festival!
The Los Angeles 48-hr Film Festival (2018)

In his fifth collaboration with Team Trinoceros, Matthew plays a troubled father, obsessed with the desire to see his departed daughter and plagued by voices only he can hear. Will he prevail in defying nature and reviving his daughter, or will the magic police stop him before any more harm can be done?

 

Of the 173 competing teams, Trinoceros' L.A.M.P. took 2nd Runner Up (3rd Place) in the "Best Film" Category. It also took home "Best Visual Effects," the Audience Award for Screening Group C, and a nomination for "Best Acting Ensemble (among 10 other nominations). 

Matthew's Directoral Debut - Michal Connor's The Slave Letters
Trailer for an immersive experience incorporating period letters, Negro spirituals, and drama
Website
Official Trailer
Music Playlist
Invitation
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Mad for Plaid with the Black Rose Early Music Ensemble
Matthew Hosting and Singing Music from and Inspired by Scotland, Ireland, and Wales

On Saturday 07/28/2018 @ 7pm and Sunday 07/29/2018 @ 4pm, Matthew will be hosting and singing in an early music concert with the Black Rose Early Music Ensemble.

Bruce Teter - Recorders, Northumbrian Small Pipes Morgan O’Shaughnessey - Baroque Violin Deborah Anisman-Posner - Harpsichord Howard Posner - Baroque Guitar, Archlute Marisa Rubino - Viola da Gamba Matthew Ian Welch - Vocals and Narration

Matthew as Human Male in Fanticide's Second Studio Album
Matthew as the voice of human compassion in Adami Gordon's solo project, Fanticide

From the composer: "This album is about the exploration of emotions, and what it means to be alive. The story is set in the distant future. The world contains both humans and advanced artificial intelligence, made in the image of humans. When the story begins, the robots have become slaves to their emotions without fully understanding what they are, or how to contain them. Humans, on the other hand, have advanced to the point of transcending any emotions at all. A state of perceived perfection. When the robots come to their human makers for help, the humans see no reason to interfere. The album follows the philosophical battle between the robots and the humans for their basic survival. Will the humans help the robots understand their complex emotions, thereby risking their emotionless perfection?"

Color Correction with Lightroom and DaVinci Resolve
Delivering the industry standards in RAW Photography, Video Color Correction, and Grading

So far in 2018, Matthew has pivoted much of his attention toward the visual aspects of production, including taking full advantage of Canon and Blackmagic color science using industry-standard color correction and grading programs, including Adobe Lightroom and DaVinci Resolve. To see recent examples of how Matthew has put these powerful programs to work, check out the links below. The first features Skyler Thomas and Anthony Concepcion performing Dolly Parton's Jolene, and the second is to recent photography projects.

The Boy Who Grew Too Fast
Matthew as Mad Dog in the South Coast Opera's Debut Production

The Boy Who Grew Too Fast is a "one-act opera for young people" with music and libretto by Gian-Carlo Menotti. Matthew performed the role of the bad guy (big surprise...) in the debut production of Southern California's newest opera company, the South Coast Opera, at St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Huntington Beach, CA in June.

Matthew as "The Poopsmith" in Ben Boquist's Monks and Witches
April 7, 2018 at the Epiphany Space in Hollywood, CA

Matthew collaborated with Brandon Craw, Katie Ludden, Cortney Matz, and Ben Boquist to present a preview of Ben's new musical, Monks and Witches. Link to the full performance, below!

Rutter Concert at Oneonta
In April, Matthew was featured in Oneonta Congregational Church's John Rutter Concert

Matthew sang and recorded various works by John Rutter, including featured solos in Deep River, and As the Bridegroom.

Beethoven, Bruckner, and Schnittke with the Lark Musical Society
Faith and Love, March and April 

Matthew performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Bruckner's Te Deum, and Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for choir.

2017

Tour to Japan and Korea with The Roger Wagner Chorale 
Matthew will join the historic ensemble as a featured soloist for concerts in LA, Japan, and Korea

Founded in 1946, The Roger Wagner Chorale gained international recognition performing world concert tours, command performances, television and film events, and Grammy-winning recordings, cementing its place as a cultural icon of mid-century America.

 

Matthew will be joining the baritone section as a featured soloist with this elite ensemble for their biannual tour. Click the link below to see the Tour's Promo - written, directed, and narrated by Matthew!

Mic Shootouts and Flamenco Guitar
Matthew collaborates with artists Bernardo Bermudez and Adam del Monte

In preparation for their upcoming album, Matthew worked with Venezuelan Baritone, Bernardo Bermudez, and Spanish Guitar master, Adam del Monte, to test out different microphones and recording setups. To see footage from these mic shootouts and some sexy Flamenco strumming, click the links below!

Readings with the BAE Theatre
Matthew participates in cocktail reading series

To assist with repertoire selection and the adaptation of Henrick Ipsen's Hedda Gabler, Matthew participated in private readings with the BAE Theatre, including:

Hedda Gabler or I Wish You Were Here, a new adaptation by Isabella Petrini

Orange Flower Water by Craig Wright

Hedda by Lucy Kirkwood

TARGET'D wins Audience Award, Best Visual Effects at 48hr FF
Matthew shares in Best Acting Ensemble Nomination at the LA 48hr Film Festival

In his fourth collaboration with the Trinoceros film team, Matthew takes part in a story about bounty hunters in the 21st century ... there's an app for everything. Check out the trailer to see Matthew in all his Monday morning glory, before his life becomes a lot more exciting!

 

** UPDATE ** Full Movie Available on YouTube!

"Sweet Toots" with the Black Rose Early Music Ensemble
Matthew to host a lighthearted show featuring recorders and early music masterworks

Musical bon-bons abound for recorders, flute, violin, with cameos by musette and tartold, with harpsichord and gamba. Delectable pieces by Biber, Fasch, Finger, Mainerio, Hotteterre, and Leclair. Performed by Tom Axworthy, Bruce Teter, Hunter Harris, Marisa Rubino, and Debbie Anisman-Posner. St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Close parking. Free-will offering, $10 suggested donation.

The California Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Matthew in the Cal Phil's Summer Concert Series, including featured male sextet

As part of its Summer Concert Series, the California Philharmonic presented "Wagner at the Movies" (June 25th) and "Shakespeare in Love" (August 13th) with the Cal Phil Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Matthew joined the Cal Phil Chorale and was featured in a sextet, performing composer, Patrick Doyle's: "Non nobis, Domine, sed nomine tu da gloriam" from the 1989 film adaptation of Henry V, with Kenneth Branagh.

Japanese Noh meets American Opera
Matthew as Young Benjamin Franklin in The Spell of Tradition

After the successful staged reading of the Two Act Opera, The Spell of Tradition, based on the life of Benjamin Franklin, the Mesopotamian Opera Company will be mounting a full production, complete with highly stylized movement and dancing inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, as well as contemporary styles from the Enlightenment (Minuet, Gavotte, etc.)

The show will be performed at the Highland Park Ebell Club, June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd @ 8pm

I Love Lucy meets Austrian Operetta
Matthew as "Ricky Eisenstein" in Pasadena City College's "I Love Rosy"

Johann Strauss' beloved Operetta, Die Fledermaus ("The Bat") is getting a complete makeover, with the characters and wild antics of the beloved sitcom, I Love Lucy. Join Ricky, Rosy, Adele and Frank as they careen through the Tropicana in a high energy modern re-imagining of this classic story.

Pacific Opera Project's The Elixir of Love
Matthew sang in a featured a capella doo-wap quartet 

Donizetti's best known opera, L'elisir d'Amore ("the Elixir of Love") set in the 1950s with supertitles inspired by and using hit song lyrics and titles from the decade that brought us rock and roll. 

Past EVENTS

The High Holy Days
Temple Judea
October 3rd to 10th
THE/1’S - Beatles
Muse/ique "Uncorked" Series
October 16, 2016, 6pm
The Barber of Seville
Pacific Opera Project
November 11th to 19th, 8pm
Masionair at the Echoplex
Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in LA
November 14th, 9pm
2016 AES Convention
Roswell Pro Audio
September 29th to October 1st
Matthew in I Love You Because **WINNER OF BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR**
Matthew received SceneStageLA's "Scenie" Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

After a healthy dose of new brand new operas, Matthew played Jeff Bennet in Endeavor Theatre Ensemble and The Red Brick Road Theater's production of  I Love You Because. Critics hailed Matthew as "the scene-stealingly wacky Welch, whose Jon Hederesque nerdy cuteness makes his operatically trained pop baritone come as a stunning surprise."

Matthew as Sir Arthur Sullivan in Opera a la Carte's Hail Poetry
Matthew performed in OALC's new show based on the life and works of Gilbert and Sullivan

Matthew was thrilled to be part of Opera a la Carte's new show, incorporating some of the most iconic musical and theatrical moments from Gilbert and Sullivan's Operettas: HMS PinaforeThe Pirates of PenzanceThe Gondoliers, and The Mikado, with a brand new storyline based on the lives of Gilbert, Sullivan, and the members of the D'Oyly Carte. Book by Katherine Shirek Doughtie, author of Aphrodite in Jeans: Adventure Tales About Men, Midlife And Motherhooddirection and music by Eli Villaneuva, director of the Los Angeles Opera's Community Outreach Program.

Matthew as Benjamin Franklin in The Spell of Tradition
A new opera at the Highland Park Ebell Club. Composer/Librettist Peter Wing Healey

Matthew will play Young Benjamin Franklin in this raucous new story combining true historical events with the fantastical. Lyric beauty plays against bawdry themes, including Benjamin's aria "An older lady is better to bed."

For additional information about previews and showtimes, see the Mesopotamian Opera Company's page:

Matthew stars in Commercial "March to a different Drummer"
2016 Dodge Charger

Matthew likes to march to the beat of a different drummer, and that drummer is ... himself. In this national spot for the 2016 Dodge Charger, we are reminded how "cool" that really makes him.

Best Supporting Actor nomination for LAST WORDS

Matthew is nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" for Los Angeles' 48-Hour Film Festival 2016

In his third collaboration with the Trinoceros film team, Matthew plays Les Bootley, two-time winner of the coveted Nixon Space Center's "Contractor of the Year" Award. Matthew's performance earned him a nomination for "Best Supporting Actor" at this year's 48-Hour Film Festival. The film also received top honors for set design, use of genre, and the audience award for its screening group.

Matthew with the Golden State Pops Orchestra

Matthew as Young Ebenezer Scrooge with John Debney and the Golden State Pops Orchestra

 

On December 5th 2015, Matthew sang a featured duet as Young Ebenezer Scrooge under the baton of John Debney - celebrated film composer whose works include: THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and ELF, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California. 

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Matthew as Carl in the new comedy short, EMOJI FACE

 

Every once and a while, you meet someone at a party whom you swear you've seen before. Sometimes, it's because that person is the model for every emoji face in your phone.

 

In this dark comedy short, Matthew and his friends find out the true price of being famous.

Viva la Mamma!

Matthew as Cesare Salzapariglia with POP

 

Matthew returns to his operatic roots with the Pacific Opera Project's final production of the 2015 season, Viva la Mamma. 

A Close Encouter: A Martian Musical

Matthew as Allison's hapless and horny sidekick, Percy

On January 30th, 2016, Matthew joined Composer, Kevin Lax, and Writer, Reed Doucette, for a staged reading of A Close Encounter; A Martian Musical, as Percy - a cowardly, sexually-frustrated and prematurely balding nerd with an unhealthy obsession with Star Trek.

It was truly and acting stretch, but somehow Matthew managed. Stay tuned for recordings from the show as well as studio demo tracks!

Shakespeare in the ... other Park

Matthew as Curtis in The Taming of the Shrew

 

As they say, you can take the park out of the Shakespeare, but you can't take the Shakespeare out of the park. Matthew joined Lovers and Madmen Productions for a three-week run of Shakespeare's classic, The Taming of the Shrew.

The Badass Security Handbook

Matthew as the voice of Cash Fitzwater

 

In his second collaboration with the Trinoceros Production Team, Matthew channeled his inner Brit while animating the voice of the Badass Security Handbook.

 

Huh?

 

Just watch the video.

Glendale Veterans Coalition

Matthew Ian Welch sings for the Memorial Day 2012-2016 Ceremonies

 

Matthew has sung for the Glendale Veterans Coalition's Memorial Day Ceremony every year since 2012. In addition to speeches from veterans and community leaders and the observance of honors, music has included the National Anthem, God Bless America, and Proud to be an American, "Anthem" from the Musical, Chess, and other patriotic favorites.

Threepenny Opera
The Threepenny Opera - EXTENDED TO MAY 24

Matthew Ian Welch as Sawtooth Bob with aNoiseWithin

 

Threepenny Opera Extended ... TWICE.

 

In his first collaboration with aNoiseWithin, California's home for the Classics, Matthew performed the role of Sawtooth Bob in The Threepenny Opera in the Theater's most successful show of all time. This classic tale by Bertolt Brecht, with the music of Kurt Weill, and directed by power team Geoff Elliot and Julia Rodriguez-Elliot ran for 14 weeks and over 30 performances.

Threepenny Opera
Julius Caesar - May 16th and 17th ONLY

Matthew Ian Welch as the Soothsayer and Lucius

 

Among the world’s most celebrated plays, Julius Caesar is also one of the most action packed. With trickery at every turn, count on holding your breath as allegiances shift with every scene. Democracy has never been this demonic, nor the Bard so prophetic in his most psychologically powerful (and modern) play.

 

Matthew Ian Welch played the Soothsayer ("Beware the Ides of March") and Brutus' right-hand man, Lucius, in a limited engagement. For more info about this fantastic production, check out A Noise Within's official page and Trailer!

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Love Never Fails

Matthew Ian Welch at Oneonta Congregational Church

 

In a concert celebrating the music of Dr. Robert Parker, Matthew sang as Oneonta Chancel Choir's interim Bass section leader and with the Oneonta Men's Quartet. Check out this a capella men's quartet recording of Sweet Sweet Spirit, a traditional hymn arranged by Director/Tenor Steve Hill, and based on the version by Elvis Presley's backup singers, The Stamps. Abram St Amand Poliakoff, Lead  ||  Steve Hill, Tenor  || Isaac Yamamoto, Baritone ||Matthew Ian Welch, Bass

Matthew as Mike Tirico's Assistant

National Internet Spot for the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali

 

Matthew joined Sports commentator Mike Tirico and NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk for a short spot for the NFL and the GMC Yukon Denali.  Being Mr. Tirico's assistant isn't easy, but as long as Matthew remembers those dental records, he should be fine...    

"Well, well, well, Mr. Cross. It appears I've caught you at...bit of disadvantage"

THE DATE ESCAPE Hits the 48-Hour Film Project

 

Matthew joined the Trinceros Production Team to play Korsakov, the chain-smoking mob boss of the dread Russian Spiders crime syndicate. Nominated for over 10 awards and winner of the Best Visual Effects category, THE DATE ESCAPE closed out the Best Of screenings and proved to be an audience favorite.  Click below to see what happens when you mess with Matthew on his home turf...

The Last Romance is over

Live with the Torrance Theater Company

 

I guess we should have called it the "second to Last Romance," the first time around. After the successful Los Angeles premiere of Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance, with Theater Forty in Beverly Hills, Matthew reprised the role of Young Ralph for a six-week run in this charming story that proves you're never too old to fall in love.

Singin' at the Getty

Getter Center Main Stage

 

The Pacific Opera Project rocked the Getty main stage on April 12th with an outdoor performance of the music from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. A little less staging, and a lot more microphones were not enough to take away the excitement from a performance that is now being heralded as the new standard in modern G&S.

Love Again at the Group Repertory Theatre in Burbank

Lonny Chapman Theatre

 

On March 24th and 25th, Matthew teamed up with the Group Repertory performers at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in Burbank under the direction of two legendary figures in Musical Theatre: Kay Cole and Shelly Markham, to perform a reading of a new musical by Singer/Songwriter Adryan Cole and Playwright Doug Haverty. Check out Matthew's music page for a sample recording from the rehearsal studio!

CARMEN with The Pacific Opera Project

Matthew as Morales in Carmen

 

Matthew just can't seem to shake the opera habit.  Teaming up for his second collaboration with The Pacific Opera Project, Southern California's most exciting and accessible opera company, Matthew opened for a completely sold out run of world's most recognizeable opera, playing the haplessly "romantic" Morales. Did he get the girl?... No! But that's why it was believable.

THE VIRGIN

Short Film

 

What would you do if you were so bad with women that even your mom doesn't believe in you? In his greatest "stretch" as an actor so far, Matthew plays a young guy who just doesn't seem to have any luck with the ladies. But his luck is about to change...

15 MINUTES Wraps

Short Film

 

Matthew enjoyed collaborating with Director Rocky Collins in this humorous take on the speed-dating culture and the dynamics of race of gender in the African American community. Trailer and festival screening information coming soon!

Grant Beglarian's "Of Fables, Foibles, and Follies" @ Zipper Hall

Live Show

 

Matthew teamed up with one of Los Angeles' premier cellists, Armen Ksajikian, as part of the Dilijian Chamber Music Series to perform this quirky and beloved collection of folktales. 

​Matthew as Duane in Triple D Productions' PLAYER OF THE GAME

Short Film

 

In recently desegregated rural Alabama, a young autistic boy (Jake) discovers his love for the game and is guided by the hands of fate to his ultimate destiny - the first disabled player in Major League Baseball history.

 

Matthew plays Duane, Jake's rival.