Cast Bio: Matthew Ciuffitelli – Valentin Cover

Matthew Ciuffitelli’s pleasing, plangent baritone, his ability to negotiate fioritura, and his bravura on stage have brought him acclaim from audiences at a very young age. Matthew studied at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts. Since finishing his education there, he has performed in venues all over the New Jersey and New York area from straight theatre all the way to his New York operatic debut in Apotheosis Opera’s production of Tannhäuser followed almost immediately by his New Jersey operatic debut as Dr. Malatesta in Light Opera of New Jersey’s Don Pasquale.  He would then go on to sing in two more of LONJ’s production as Bob and Ben in The Old Maid and the Thief, and The Telephone.

Other roles performed this season have been Sergeant Belcore in Eastern Opera’s L’Elisir d’Amore as well as the Sacristan in their production of Tosca. He also appeared as Papageno in Nyack, New York’s Pardington Hall’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as Amore Opera’s Die Fledermaus as Eisenstein. “Ciuffitelli has resonance and power” wrote Brooklyn Discovery in regards to his performance at a Columbus Citizen’s Foundation Event: Opera Night Live!

Matthew appeared this past winter at Sarasota Opera as a featured resident artist singing the role of the Official Registrar in their production of Madama Butterfly. While studying and working in Chicago he had the unique opportunity to perform with the Rolling Stones at Chicago’s United Center and appear in the U.S. premier of Dutch composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis’s Mountain Top.