Mathew Case

Mathew Case

BM in Vocal Performance, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music

Experience: As an undergraduate performance major, I interned at Pittsburgh Festival Opera as both an administrative assistant on the summer season while also performing as a young artist in the casts. I also spent the last year learning about the opera scene in the greater Cleveland area through working and volunteering with a network of established directors, program leaders, and performers at Cleveland Opera Theater, Playhouse Square, and my undergraduate university.

Areas of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing

Ideal Job in 10 Years: Artistic Director of an innovative performance company

What led you to enroll in the MSLCE program at Northwestern? I chose the MSLCE program because of their emphasis on innovation, new media, and their diverse network of young professionals working across the entire arts sector.

Favorite (song/movie/show/festival/exhibition … )? My favorite opera would have to be Manon by Massenet or Bizet’s Carmen.

My favorite television shows right now are WestWorld and The Handmaid’s Tale.

What are you most looking forwards to about the MSLCE program? Getting to meet and study with leading professionals in my fields of interest during professional development; and the potential for future collaboration with my peers on a creative team.  

What is your favorite Chicago landmark/attraction, or what are you most excited to visit? I could spend a week at The Art Institute, or an opera at the Lyric.

If you could have lunch with one person (living or dead), who would it be? Nina Simone is among my favorite performers of all time. She represents an undeniable artistry that may be at odds with the world she lived in. I would love to ask her about her work in the Civil Rights movement, and our shared love of Bach.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, they would be… Empathetic, Dreamer, Passionate

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Marseille or Amsterdam

If someone made a movie about your life, what would it be called and who would play you? “A Song For You” with Leonardo DiCaprio

What thought or message would you put in a fortune cookie? “In the end, you’ll know.”

How do you plan on spending/did you spend your summer before starting MSLCE? Working and settling in around Chicago

Where is your dream internship for next summer? Chicago Lyric Opera

What is your desert island record? — “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac

If you could donate one million dollars, which cause/organization would you choose to support? The ACLU

What award would you most like to win? A Grammy

Where are you from? Pittsburgh, PA