Biography

Matthew Overmeyer – Tenor

What has led to this phenomenon that is Matthew Overmeyer?

Matthew Overmeyer was born in Cape Town South Africa. He began his opera training as a tenor in 1995, when he was discovered by Magdalena Oosthuizen He studied under the guidance of some of South Africa’s finest musical and elite mentors, some of which include Prof Virginia Davids and Prof Angelo Gobbato.

Matthew, has been making waves in South Africa and also Internationally since he started singing professionally in 2002 ( would you believe he was a chemical analyst before that?)

He believes you were either born to sing or not, and no amount of training will alter that. And he was born to sing! But it was only through the encouragement of others that he took the plunge.

He started in the church choir and, at the age of 11 or 12, when his voice broke he started out as a bass. But the real change came at the age of 14.

“I listened to a scratchy old LP of Mario Lanza,” “And from that day I was different from all my peers.” There is still an aria off this album that stands him in good stead today – an audition show piece that “has never failed me”.

But that was the early days. It was performances at the Karoo Fest and the encouragement of many Cape voice luminaries that made him consider the professional route. “I was my own worst enemy,” he admits modestly. “I thought I wasn’t good enough, but if others thought I was good enough, I decided the problem must be with me.” By now, his voice having progressed from baritone to tenor, he auditioned for the chorus of Cape Town Opera and three months later had a solo role in Lucia di Lammermoor.

The rest is history. I Pagliacci, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, La Traviata, Nabucco, The Bartered Bride and Così fan tutte followed. Then from 2004 to 2007 he toured South Africa and the Far East in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom . Operetta roles in Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus followed, as did a full scale production of Mozart’s Magic Flute.

With the Italian repertoire under his belt, he turned his attention to Wagner, receiving critical acclaim for Der fliegende Holländer in Cape Town last year. In June and July he goes to audition in Germany – a tour that will take him to Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Munich. He hopes to land a role in one of the large German opera houses. “They found something in my voice and were impressed,” he tells me. “And there are talks of the Wagner competition.” Exciting prospects. Plus he relishes the opportunity to work and train regularly .

He ascribes it to what he calls the potato philosophy. “You grow underground like a potato and when you are ripe you must come out. Then when you sing, everyone can enjoy the meal.”

Currently Matthew Overmeyer lives in Germany where he is actively involved in Church Life at the New Apostolic Church as a Choir Conductor. Matthew is a permanent member of Theater Hagen and holds the position of  1st Tenor where he performs Opera and other theatrical work. Matthew is passionate about music and performing arts and is always working on new projects.

Follow him on Social Media and check his website regularly for updates of his latest performances and events!

He is an award wining performer and his resume speaks for itself:

Repertoire

Lucia di Lammermoor

Arturo

italienisch

La Traviata

Gastone

italienisch

Nabucco

Abdallo

italienisch

I Pagliacci

Beppo

italienisch

Cosi fan Tutte

Ferrando

italienisch

Die Zauberflöte

Erster Priester

deutsch

    Erste Geharnischter

Les Pècheur de Perles

Nadir  

französisch

Carmen

Don Jose

französisch

Treemonisha

Remus

englisch

Dead man Walking

Father Granville

englisch

Das Phantom der Oper

Piangi 

englisch

Eine Nacht in Venedig

Caramello

deutsch

Die Fledermaus

Eisenstein

deutsch

The merry Widow

Camille de Rossilon

englisch

La Scala di Seta

Dorvil

italienisch

The barted Bride

Jenik   

englisch

Der fliegende Holländer   

Eric

deutsch

Fidelio

Der Erste Gevangener 

deutsch

Jonny Spielt Auf

Erster Polizist       

deutsch

Der Rosenkavallier       

Tierhändler,Kellner    

deutsch

Eugene Onegin         

Vorsänger 

deutsch

Lucia di Lammermoor     

Normanno

Italienisch

Wienerwald

Gramafon sänger        

Deutsch

Ritter Roland     

Licone  

Deutsch

Aida  

Bote  

Italienisch

 

Oratorienaufführungen als Tenor Soli

Verdi              

Reqiem

Haydn             

The Creation

Händel            

Der Messias

Mozart           

Requiem

Mozart     

Missa di Brevi

Saint Saens  

Oratorio De Noel

Bach       

Kantata BWV 80 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

 

Aufführungen als Chorsänger als Tenor

Die Fledermaus

La Boheme

Carmina  Burana

Brahm`s Requiem

Rocky Horror Show

Bruckner E- moll Messe

Don Giovanni

Don Carlos

La Traviata

Der fliegende Holländer

Peter Grimes

Aida

Cabaret

Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein

Der Wildschütz

Susanah

Carmen

Jesus Christ Superstar

Otello

Lola rennt

Don Quichotte

Don Pasquale

Faust

Die Spinnen Die Römer

Die Entfürung aus dem Serial

Ball im Savoy

Fidelio

Madama Butterfly

Die Zauberflöte

Vanessa

Jonny Spielt Auf

Eugene Onegin

Der Rosenkavalier

Die Csardasfürstin

Lucia di Lammermoor

Wienerwald

Tosca

Frau Luna

Simone Boccanegra

Pariser Leben

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