After studying at Indiana University, George went to Spain where he continued his studies at the University of Madrid. He then performed with with the National Zarzuela Company at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and also in various concerts and musical programs at different cultural centers throughout Spain.
In 1968 he went to Lima, Peru where he took an active role in the musical life of the city. He sang with the National Zarzuela & Operetta Company and in 1971 joined Pepita Embill's (mother of Plácido Domingo) zarzuela company. He sang the lyric tenor roles from such popular zarzuelas as "Los Gavilanes", "Luisa Fernanda", "Los Claveles" and "El Manojo de Rosas" among others.
On various occasions he was a guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Lima. While serving as director of the Fulbright Commission in Lima, he worked towards the reorganization of the orchestra by bringing U.S. musicians to play with them and teach at the National Conservatory of Music. He also performed in major cities in Peru in a series of programs sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.
In the field of Opera he has sung Rodolfo in "La Boheme" (Puccini), the title role of "Werther" (Massenet), the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's "Rigoletto", Ernesto and Nemorino in the comic operas "Don Pasquale" and "Elixir of Love" (Donizetti), Lt Pinkerton in Puccini's "Madame Butterfly", the title role of Gounod's "Faust" and Don José in Bizet's "Carmen".
George Mattox has also appeared in a number of operettas and musicals. Among them are "The Desert Song", "Song of Norway", "Carousel", and "The Merry Widow".
He was also specially praised for his performance of El Gallo in the musical "The Fantasticks".
Since 1980 George has been living in Miami with his wife and children - (all grown up by now with two living in New York). Seeing the void and lack of opportunities for young singers, he founded the Hispanic-American Lyric Theatre. Many young singers who began singing with the organization are now performing in major opera houses in the U.S. and abroad.
Among them are sopranos Elizabeth Caballero, Eglise Gutierrez, Sandra López and mezzo-soprano Mabel Ledo. He also continues to support ballet dancers and has worked closely with various Miami based dance companies.
As a composer he has created the opera/ballet "Rosalinda" in collaboration with Maestro José Ramón Urbay. The opera received its world premiere in October, 2007 at the Ophelia & Juan Roca Theater in Miami.
In 2004 George he received the "Unsung Hero Award" by the Arts & Bussiness Council of Miami for his work on behalf of artists and arts organizations in Miami-Dade.
Hispanic-American Lyrical Theatre
George Mattox - Executive Director
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