Nancy Mathis is an adjunct instructor of voice and humanities at UAFS. She received her undergraduate degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland in College Park. She did her postgraduate work at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where she won the Sylvia Green prize for singing.
While in the Washington, D.C., area, Mathis sang with the Washington National Opera, the Baltimore Opera and the Wolf Trap Opera Company. During 16 years in the United Kingdom, she performed some 45 operatic roles, her favorites being Euridice (both Gluck's and Offenbach's) and all three ladies' parts in Cosi Fan Tutte (but not at the same time).
After deciding to move back to the United States, Mathis' final performances in London were to repeat her previous roles of Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), both by Mozart. Her concert debut after returning to Arkansas was as soloist in the inaugural performance of the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville Master Chorale in the Walton Arts Center.
Mathis has had a varied career in music, ranging from opera, oratorio and recital work to teaching voice, clarinet and piano. Born and raised in Camden, Ark., Mathis now lives in Winslow, Ark., between Fort Smith and Fayetteville.
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