Matthew Tintes, baritone

tintes_bio5th season with Cantus
Hometown: Fargo, ND
MM in Vocal Performance, University of Wisconsin- Madison
BS in Secondary Vocal Music Education, North Dakota State University

Hailing from Fargo, ND, baritone Matthew Tintes grew up loving music. However, it wasn’t until college that he truly appreciated the scope of what music meant to him, especially choral singing. After graduating with a degree in Vocal Music Education, Tintes became a high school choir director, where he taught 7-12th grade choral music.

In 2008, Tintes earned his Master’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance, with an emphasis in Opera Performance, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UW, he sang the roles of Leporello in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, Arkel in Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande” and the titular role in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”.

After completing his studies at UW, Tintes taught voice at a number of institutions and academies, including Beloit College in Beloit, WI. In 2009, Tintes sang with the opera company, “Opera For the Young” where he toured Wisconsin and Minnesota educating kids about opera and music while performing an adaptation of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.” During his time in Madison, WI, Tintes also performed with the early music ensemble “Madison Bach Musicians”, where he was a featured soloist on such works as Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St. Matthew Passion.

10 Questions for Matt:

1. Do you have any particularly striking musical memories from childhood?
Actually, no, not really. Lame, right?

2. If you had a super power, what would it be?
The ability to manipulate time.

3. What is your super power at a Cantus rehearsal?
I somehow manage to keep us on schedule (by being the timekeeper. I’m not kidding about that super power!).

4. What are you looking forward to in the coming season?
There are a few tour stops where I’ll get to reconnect with old friends, but I’m particularly looking forward to performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC!

5. Cereal at dinner: yes or no? If yes, pure or mixed?
Yes.  Mixed. This is my DINNER after all.

6. Do you own any albums that would surprise people?
I think I like more aggressive rock music than any other Cantus member, which is surprising to some, but even I’M surprised that I actually have a J-Lo album sitting around here somewhere…

7. Do you have a movie you can watch over and over again?
The Big Lebowski and The Shawshank Redemption.

8. Where in the world would you like to go that you haven’t been?
I’d love to spend some time in the British Isles. I’ve been there, but I only got to spend 3 days there. I also want to visit the lands of my ancestors, specifically Germany and Scandinavia.

9. What’s your greatest fear?
Ha! Nice try, questionnaire.  You’re not getting that outta me!

10. Can you describe your perfect day?
Well, for starters, it would be cold outside, and I would have slept in…