Baritone Joel Mathias returns to Minnesota Opera, having appeared as the Senator in The Shining, the Jailer in Tosca, the Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos, Dr. Yen Lo in The Manchurian Candidate, and Happy in La fanciulla del West. He has also been deeply involved in the Opera’s New Works Initiative workshops and has been a regular chorister since 2013. Other credits include the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, Kezal in The Bartered Bride, Falke in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Elmer Gantry, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, a hen in Renard, the Foreman in Jenufa, a son in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Carl Olsen in Street Scene for the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre. Mr. Mathias has also appeared as Pistola in Falstaff for Opéra Louisiane; as Captain Duval in The New Moon and Schaunard in La bohème for Louisiana State University Opera Theater; as Oliver in The Vagabond King for Skylark Opera; and as the Count in Il matrimonio segreto, the Bonze in Madame Butterfly, and Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème for La Musica Lirica (Novafeltria, Italy).