Matthew Burns

Assistant Professor of Voice

(901) 678-2541
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  • Artist Diploma, The Juilliard School, 2002
  • M.M., Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music, 2000
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997


Burns is a veteran performer with over 25 years of experience on stages across the country and the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Utah Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Oprea, Michigan Opera Theatre, and more.

As master-interpreter of comedic and basso buffo roles, Burns is known for his interpretations of Leporello (Don Giovanni), Doctor Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and Sulpice (La fille du regiment), and more, as well as more dramatic roles like George (Of Mice and Men), Blitch (Susannah), and Dansker (Billy Budd).

A respected voice teacher and frequent master class technician, Burns is an advisor to many young professionals in the opera world. Before coming to the University of Memphis, he served on the faculty of his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Burns holds advanced degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.