John Mathieu, baritone, is a young artist with Chicago Opera Theater. In March 2018 he won the American Opera Society of Chicago's "Best Vocal Artist" award. With Chicago Opera Theater, Mr. Mathieu covered the role of "Robert" in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, and has upcoming engagements covering the roles "Father" in Stefan Weisman's The Scarlet Ibis, and "Gardiner" in Jake Heggie's Moby Dick.
Mr. Mathieu holds a master’s degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he studied voice with the great American baritone, Richard Stilwell and performed the roles of "Sykos" in Bohuslav Martinhu's Comedy on the Bridge and "Ottone" in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. He studied voice with Dr. Christopher Shelt at Belhaven University, as an undergraduate, performing lead roles in Belhaven Opera Arts productions; notably “Bob” in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and “The Representative” in Seymour Barab’s A Game of Chance. Also at Belhaven, Mr. Mathieu performed leading roles in four famous Seymour Barab’s children’s opera productions aimed at educating family audiences; Little Red Riding Hood, The Toy Shop, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.