American tenor Matthew Newlin (First Prisoner) is currently a member of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he has sung roles such as Tamino, Count Almaviva, Cassio, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, and Pong in Turandot. Recent highlights include his debut with Wexford Festival Opera in Cagnoni’s rarely performed opera Don Bucefalo as the Count of Belprato and performances with the Buxton Festival as Jiří in Dvořák's The Jacobin. On the concert stage Mr. Newlin has appeared with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony for Stravinsky's Pulnicella, the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony in Vaughan Williams's song cycle On Wenlock Edge, in Mozart's Requiem with the Millennium Chamber Players, Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio with the Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, and Handel's Messiah with the Apollo Chorus at Chicago Symphony Center. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in May in Pulcinella. Mr. Newlin was awarded the Opera Prize at the International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch in 2014. He has also received awards in the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, Opera Birmingham Competition, the American Opera Society of Chicago's Scholarship Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Regional Finals. He has participated in the Merola Opera Program, Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Studio, the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers, and the Young Artist Program at Chicago Opera Theater.