Canadian pianist and conductor Carrie-Ann Matheson was engaged in 2014 by Music Director Fabio Luisi as conductor, pianist and vocal coach at Opernhaus Zürich. Previously, she was an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where she was a member of the Met’s select full time music staff. She has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Barenboim, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Gianandrea Noseda, among many others.
Carrie-Ann Matheson made her conducting debut in 2015 at Opernhaus Zürich, and has since conducted new productions of Oscar Strasnoy’s Fälle, Jonathan Dove’s Der Verzauberte Schwein and Jörn Arnecke’s Ronja Räubertochter. She has also recently conducted revival performances of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera.
Ms. Matheson is particularly interested in the development of young singers and pianists. For many years she was the staff coach of the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has continued this work at Opernhaus Zürich, regularly working with the International Opera Studio as coach and as conductor for their annual mainstage gala concerts.
An active song recital pianist, Carrie-Ann Matheson has performed in concert with the world’s most renowned singers, including Rolando Villazón, Benjamin Bernheim, Piotr Beczala, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Barbara Bonney, Ruth Ann Swenson, and Marilyn Horne.
She has performed in chamber music concerts with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Zürich.
As pianist, vocal coach and conductor, she has been engaged by the world’s most prominent festivals and opera houses, including the Salzburg Festival, the Atkins Young Artist Program at the Mariinsky Theater, the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Ryan Opera Center, and the Los Angeles Opera.