Declared as “having a beautiful bass-baritone voice” by the New York Times, Matthew Burns is a dynamic performer known for his portrayals of opera’s most acclaimed bass-baritone roles. This season, Mr. Burns makes his Austin Lyric Opera début in the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni, which he will also sing at Opera Memphis, sings Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Fargo Moorehead Opera, performs Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte at Utah Opera, and sings Rambaldo in La rondine at Opera Theatre Saint Louis. In demand as a contemporary musician, Mr. Burns has performed several other works by Carlisle Floyd, including Reverend Blitch in Susannah while a student at Juilliard and a highly acclaimed turn as George in Of Mice and Men at Utah Opera. He will reprise that role with Austin Lyric Opera in 2016. Other notable roles in his repertoire include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Colline in La Bohème, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia.