Matthew Bruce Tenor

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Critic's Comments



'Badlands Passion Play continues to command attention'  Calgary Herald  2019 - LOUIS B. HOBSON


"As the High Priest, Matthew Bruce dominates much of the second act both vocally and physically"


https://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/theatre/review-badlands-passion-play-continues-to-command-attention?fbclid=IwAR05GTKKnYd8r6AsZrVb9A_qfc_pyUhD6uYdZrb_V3GH3t3GYRsf_pcEF-I




'Die Fledermaus' Cowtown Opera  Schmopera  2018 - OLIVER MUNAR


"As Eisenstein, tenor Matthew Bruce delivers an engaging and committed comedic performance. Bruce offered one of the truly hilarious acting performances, embodying Eisenstein's antics with facial expressions and physical movement that never seemed to be over-the-top or gratuitous. But it is his round, rich tone that pierced the theater, flowing with life and vitality."  


https://www.schmopera.com/die-fledermaus-adaptation-delivers-effervescent-performance/




'Silent Night' Calgary Opera  Calgary Herald  2014 - KENNETH DELONG


"... Matthew Bruce in the important role of the Scottish soldier who has to deal with the death of his brother early in the war. Clear-voiced and ringing in tone, he strongly presented one of the opera’s most pathos-filled characters."


https://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/local-arts/review-calgary-opera-presents-powerful-first-world-war-drama-in-silent-night




'Candide'  Calgary Opera  Calgary Sun  2014 - LOUIS B. HOBSON


"What is worth the three hours are the performances. Alone or in their duets, Bruce and (Tracy) Dahl are electric and when they hit their high notes it's the equivalent of fireworks.


If that isn't enough, they both have excellent comic timing that's broad enough to hit the back rows on either side of the tent."  


http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/08/15/candide-at-riverwalk-a-rollicking-ride-in-east-village




'Candide' Calgary Opera  Calgary Herald  2014 - KENNETH DELONG


"Matthew Bruce ... is ... strong in the role, his singing expressive and attractive, and his acting convincing as the always positive, always naive Candide. That he is able to step up to such a role so quickly suggests a talent with room to grow." 


http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Candide+perfect+summer+opera+offering/10131324/story.html




'Candide' Opera Nuova  Edmonton Journal  2014 - MARK MORRIS

Matthew Bruce as Candide carried off the slightly hapless central role, looking rather as if Britten's Albert Herring had wandered onto the Broadway stage, and he was ably supported by the rest of the cast."

http://www2.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=4d368609-f589-47fe-8686-c844347ee7d1&p=2



Television


'Matthew Bruce Opera Interview' with Gil Tucker, Global TV, August 2014


http://globalnews.ca/video/1500558/gil-tucker-opera-chance


Matthew creates " . . . a powerful vocal presence."  Victoria Times Colonist 2010




CRITIC’s  COMMENTS


'Badlands Passion Play continues to command attention' Calgary Herald 2019 - LOUIS B. HOBSON

"As the High Priest, Matthew Bruce dominates much of the second act both vocally and physically.”


'Die Fledermaus' Cowtown Opera Schmopera 2018 - OLIVER MUNAR


"As Eisenstein, tenor Matthew Bruce delivers an engaging and committed comedic performance. Bruce offered one of the truly hilarious acting performances, embodying Eisenstein's antics with facial expressions and physical movement that never seemed to be over-the-top or gratuitous. But it is his round, rich tone that pierced the theater, flowing with life and vitality." 

https://www.schmopera.com/die-fledermaus-adaptation-delivers-effervescent-performance/

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'Silent Night' Calgary Opera Calgary Herald 2014 - KENNETH DELONG


"... Matthew Bruce in the important role of the Scottish soldier who has to deal with the death of his brother early in the war. Clear-voiced and ringing in tone, he strongly presented one of the opera’s most pathos-filled characters."


'Candide' Calgary Opera Calgary Sun 2014 - LOUIS B. HOBSON


“What is worth the three hours are the performances. Alone or in their duets, Bruce and (Tracy) Dahl are electric and when they hit their high notes it's the equivalent of fireworks. If that isn't enough, they both have excellent comic timing that's broad enough to hit the back rows on either side of the tent." 

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'Candide' Calgary Opera  Calgary Herald 2014 - KENNETH DELONG


"Matthew Bruce ... is ... strong in the role, his singing expressive and attractive, and his acting convincing as the always positive, always naive Candide. That he is able to step up to such a role so quickly suggests a talent with room to grow."

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'Candide' Opera Nuova  Edmonton Journal 2014 - MARK MORRIS

“Matthew Bruce as Candide carried off the slightly hapless central role, looking rather as if Britten's Albert Herring had wandered onto the Broadway stage, and he was ably supported by the rest of the cast."

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Television


'Matthew Bruce Opera Interview' with Gil Tucker, Global TV 2014

http://globalnews.ca/video/1500558/gil-tucker-opera-chance
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Matthew creates " . . . a powerful vocal presence." Victoria Times Colonist 2010





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