Carrie-Ann Matheson

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Alma mater
  • Manhattan School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma)
  • Cleveland Institute of Music (M.Mus)
  • University of Prince Edward Island (B.Mus.Ed)
  • Pianist
  • Conductor
  • Vocal Coach

Carrie-Ann Matheson is a Canadian pianist, conductor and vocal coach, and the incoming Artistic Director of the San Francisco Opera Center.[1]


Matheson was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and began studying the piano at the age of 7. In addition to her piano studies, she also studied the flute. At the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada, she completed her Bachelor of Music Education with piano as her instrument.She then traveled to the United States where she obtained her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, followed by a Professional Studies Diploma in Vocal Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music.[2] Her piano teachers have included Dr. Frances Gray (University of Prince Edward Island), Jon Kimura Parker (Banff Centre), Marek Jablonski (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto), Dorothy Morton (McGill University), Richard Boulanger (University of Moncton), Robin Wood (University of Victoria), Anne Epperson (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Warren Jones (Manhattan School of Music).


Following the completion of her studies, Matheson was admitted to the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.[3] After two years as a young artist, Matheson was promoted to the position of Staff Coach of the Lindemann Program, a position that was created specifically for her.[4] In addition to her duties with the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she also worked part time as an assistant conductor on the Metropolitan's music staff. In 2006, she was further promoted within the Metropolitan Opera, joining the Met’s full-time, regular music staff as a pianist, prompter, and vocal coach.[5] In 2014, she was invited by Maestro Fabio Luisi to join the staff at pernhaus Zürich, where she made her conducting debut in 2015 and remained on the conducting roster until 2020.[6] Other companies with which Matheson has an association include the Salzburger Festspiele, Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, and the Los Angeles Opera. Matheson regularly performs as a recital pianist and has performed with artists such as Rolando Villazòn,[7] Joyce DiDonato,[8] Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczala, Benjamin Bernheim,[9] Lawrence Brownlee, Diana Damrau, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni, Barbara Bonney, Ruth Ann Swenson, Susan Graham, Sabine Devieilhe,[10] and Marilyn Horne. In 2020, she performed in several broadcasted concerts, including a concert with Benjamin Bernheim for the Deutsche Grammophon's new streaming platform, Deutsche Grammophon Stage, [11] a concert with Benjamin Bernheim at the Fondation Singer-Polignac broadcast on Medici TV [12], and a concert with Joyce DiDonato for the Metropolitan Opera's concert series[13]. As a vocal coach, Matheson has a particular interest in working with emerging professional singers and pianists. In addition to her years on the staff of the Metropolitan Opera’s young artist program, she has worked with the Ryan Opera Center (Lyric Opera of Chicago),[14] the International Opera Studio (Opernhaus Zürich),[15] the Music Academy of the West,[16] the International Vocal Arts Institute,[17] and the Atkins Young Artist Program (Mariinsky Theatre). In January 2020, she will become the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Opera Center.[18]


  • Alumni Achievement awards from the University of Prince Edward Island and the Cleveland Institute of Music[19]
  • First Place Piano Winner at the 1995 Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National Music Festival[20]

Critical Reception

In Allan Kozinn’s The New York Times review of Marilyn Horne’s 66th birthday celebration in 2000, Kozinn includes Matheson in his list of accomplished vocal accompanists, among Martin Katz, Warren, Jones, Brian Zegar, and Brian Farell.[21] In 2007, Matheson accompanied young soprano Nadine Sierra’s recital at St. Stephen’s Church. The New York Times, covering the performance, said “...Matheson provided stylish, insightful playing that was admirable in its own right.” [22] After she accompanied Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes’ 2015 John F. Kennedy Center concert, The Washington Post, commenting on the performance of Debussy’s “Chansons de Bilitis," said, “Carrie-Ann Matheson of the Metropolitan Opera musical staff, likewise gave voice to the Greek boy’s flute, the song of the green frogs and the climax of the boy’s dream.”[23] Her teaching skills were highlighted in The New York Times Magazine’s 2011 feature on the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.[24] In a review of Joyce DiDonato’s 2020 digital recital accompanied by Matheson, Jay Nordlinger of The New Criterion said this: “Matheson has an exceptional ability to play limpidly. And to play lyrically. In singerly fashion, if you like. This is a great gift for any pianist, whether she is accompanying singers or not.”[25]


  1. "Carrie-Ann Matheson Appointed Artistic Director and Markus Beam Appointed General Manager of San Francisco Opera Center". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  2. "Carrie-Ann Matheson, pianist, vocal coach". Classic Talk. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  3. "Carrie-Ann Matheson, piano - Philadelphia Chamber Music Artists". Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  4. "Carrie-Ann Matheson, piano - Philadelphia Chamber Music Artists". Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  5. "Carrie-Ann Matheson, piano - Philadelphia Chamber Music Artists". Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  6., update AG. "Galakonzert Internationales Opernstudio". (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  7. Staatsoper, Bayerische. "Rolando Villazón & Carrie-Ann Matheson: Canciones populares". Bayerische Staatsoper. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  8. "Recitals with Carrie-Ann Matheson in Spain – Joyce DiDonato". Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  9. "Lied Recital Benjamin Bernheim · Carrie-Ann Matheson • Salzburger Festspiele". Salzburger Festspiele. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  10. "Sabine Devieilhe and Benjamin Bernheim in a charming concert in Zurich". Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  11. "Online Concert - Benjamin Bernheim - Tenor". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  12. "Benjamin Bernheim's recital". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  13. "You are being redirected..." Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  18. "You are being redirected..." Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  20. "Piu Mosso" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. Kozinn, Allan (2000-01-20). "MUSIC REVIEW; A Joyous Afternoon of Song (Including 'Happy Birthday') (Published 2000)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  22. Smith, Steve (2007-11-13). "The on Wings of Song Series Shows a Fledgling's Flights (Published 2007)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  23. Downey, Charles T. (2015-02-04). "Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes sings romantics with authority at Kennedy Center". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  24. Bergner, Daniel (2011-05-19). "Sing for Your Life (Published 2011)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  25. "Joyce being Joyce". Retrieved 2020-12-11.

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