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Matheus Pompeu


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Matheus, lyric tenor, sang and recorded the part of Jontek in Moniuszko’s opera Halka in the Chopin and his Europe Festival organized by the Chopin Institute, Warsaw. In 2018 he sang the tenor part of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Musikfest Bremen, Germany. He was invited at the NYE Gala concert at Teatr Wielki along Artur Rucinski, Maria Agresta and Francesco Demuro. In January he sang the part of Jontek also at Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki to open the Moniuszko Year celebrations, receiving a standing ovation for his performance.




Matheus will appear at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in Monteverdi’s opera Ulisse in April 2019. In Summer 2019 he will record and sing two operas by Moniuszko. He will debut Duca di Mantova in Germany.




Following his studies in Journalism and Philosophy, Matheus made opera debuts mostly in the main opera houses in his native Brazil: Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and Palácio das Artes in Belo Horizonte.

Roles Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Don José (Tragedie de Carmen), Corrado (Il Corsaro), Don Alvaro (Il Guarany), Flaminio (L’Amore dei tre rè), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor).

He has collaborated with conductors including Fabio Biondi and Roberto Abbado; and regisseurs Nicola Raab, Emilio Sagi and Cesare Livieri.




Recording of Halka by S. Moniuszko, Italian version. Ed. by the Chopin Institute Warsaw. Upcoming recordings: Flis and Haunted Manor, both by S. Moniuszko and produced by The Chopin Institute, Warsaw

Winner of the 2019 Adam Didur International Competition, Poland. 

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April 2019

Monteverdi - Ulisse - Giove

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Fabio Biondi, Дирижер

January 2019

Moniuszko - Halka - Jontek

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Fabio Biondi, Дирижер

December 2018

New Years Eve Gala - Soloist

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Grzegorz Nowak, Дирижер

Jarosław Kilian, Режиссер

September 2018

Rossini - Petite Messe solennelle - Tenor

Musikfest Bremen

Fabio Biondi, Дирижер

August 2018

Moniuszko - Halka (opera in concert) - Jontek

Chopin and his Europe, International Music Festival, Warsaw

Fabio Biondi, Дирижер

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Rodolfo, Boheme, Matheus Pompeu
Jontek from Halka by Moniuszko, Matheus Pompeu
Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly, Matheus Pompeu
Tamino, Die Zauberfloete, Matheus Pompeu
Duca di Mantova, Rigoletto, Matheus Pompeu
Behind the scenes of "Halka" recording, featuring M. Pompeu as Jontek.
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Warsaw National Opera - Halka. Opera in concert - Jontek , January 2019

The concert performance of "Halka" at the Grand Theater - National Opera inaugurated Moniuszko Year on Saturday. Among the soloists, the largest ovation was collected by the Brazilian Matheus Pompeu in the role of Jontek, who enchanted with musicality, excellent vocal technique and beautiful, light voice.

- Opera Lovers, Magdalena Grzybowska (in Polish)Read the article

One of the greatest musical highlights of the evening was the lyrical dummy of Jontek's "Szumia firs on the top" in Italian. The libretto was translated by G.A. Bonoldi, and the Brazilian tenor Matheus Pompeu performed the part of Jontek in Italian-language "Halka" by Moniuszko. With pleasure you could listen to the beautiful phrasing and delight with the southern, sunny colour of the voice of the singer.

- Vissi d'Arte, Beata Fischer (in Polish)Read the article

Moniuszco - Halka (CD) - Jontek

the hero Jontek; a part taken here by the exciting young Brazilian tenor Matheus Pompeu, who sings with power and pathos and brings appealing colors to Jontek's dumka/cazone.

- Opera Magazine

Bremer Festspiele - Petite Messe solennelle - Tenor, September 2018

Matheus Pompeu convinces with his charming, march-like tenor aria "Domine Deus", which could also have a place in any Rossin'si opera. 

- Kreiszeitung, Erik HermannRead the article

Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival - Halka - Jontek, August 2018

Jontek, her partner, was sung by Matheus Pompeu, who also approached his part in a belcanto manner, which – as opposed to the Polish performance tradition – makes a lot of sense, as Moniuszko, while composing Halka, based his work on French and Italian opera, just adding Polish staffage to it. Pompeu operates a light, agile, Donizettian voice, focusing on the esthetics of the sound, achieving expression purely with vocal measures, and not with overacting. His Jontek is a sad boy, who sings his regrets in a cantilena way; thanks to his musicality and good technique, Pompeu retrieves from Moniuszko’s music its Italian idiom, and at the same time underlines the Polish one, while in a lot of traditional Polish renditions of this opera, the dance-like character and freshness of many fragments is lost due to excessive pomposity and overstretching the tempi. Jontek’s main aria “ Szumią jodły na gór szczycie” („Fra gli abeti il vento geme”, “The pines rustle at the mountain top”) in his rendition revealed its character close to kujawiak (one of Polish national dances), instead of being drowned out with veristic screams, which sound rather like laments of an Italian pizzaiolo who burned his pie than a heartbroken, young highlander. 

- Studio Krytyka, Gniewomir Zajączkowski, Szymon ŻuchowskiRead the article

Most of the soloists were not disappointed, in the lead with the Brazilian tenor Matheus Pompeu playing the role of Jontek, currently associated with the Placido Domingo Center de Perfeccionament at Les Arts in Valencia. The young singer has amazing vocal potential, and his performance of the famous aria "Szumia fir on the top peak" was really overwhelming. One should also appreciate the fact that both he and Tina Gorina as Halka used various forms of stage communication - gesture, eloquent mimicry and body movement, while the Polish part of the cast was focused only on singing. The Spanish woman generally has a very beautiful soprano, but in some scenes her voice lacked the necessary dramatic expression in this role.

- Opera Lovers, Magdalena Grzybowska (in Polish)Read the article

For a change, Matheus Pompeu turned out to be Jontek - not only a beautiful voice, but also a fairly free technique, and in addition the only singer who tried to create a character. It was even visible, because he turned to his partners with gesticulation, but above all it was heard, because only he built emotional phrases. And as the only soloist he sang so clearly that one could guess that he knows and understands words.


- Polskie Radio, Jakub Puchalski (in Polish)Read the article

However, the unquestionable star of the evening was the Brazilian tenor Matheus Pompeu, who created Jontek. It is a fantastic, dramatic voice with a beautiful deep color, great technically and interpretably - the unforgettable aria Szumią fir (in the Italian version of Fra il abeti il vento geme) in its performance has received a well-deserved long ovation.

- Dolce Tormento, Iwona Ramotowska (in Polish)Read the article

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