Matjaž Stopinšek was born in Celje (Slovenia) and studied at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Graz (Austria).
While still a student, he made his debut as Belmonte with the Styrian Musikverein. Further engagements followed with the Theater im Palais in Graz and the Stadttheater Leoben before he joined the ensemble of the Slovene National Theater Ljubljana, where he expanded his operatic repertoire with standard roles such as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don Narciso in Il Turco in Italia, and rarities such as Florindo in Le Donne Curiose by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Franz Waldung in Les Fées du Rhin by Jacques Offenbach, a role he would repeat in the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, the Theater Winterthur and in the Theater Bozen. In 2008 he was engaged by Karen Kamensek at the Slovene National Theater Maribor, where he scored his first major success as Don José in Carmen. Further opera roles in Maribor included Ferrando, Pinkerton, Alfredo, Werther and Chekalinsky (The Queen of Spades).
Since 2009-10 Matjaž Stopinšek has been working as a freelance artist, appearing in guest engagements at the Slovene People’s Theater Celje, and both the Slovene National Theaters in Ljubljana and Maribor, where he regularly takes on leading roles of the Slovenian repertoire as well: Goldhorn (Viktor Parma), The Peers of Teharje (Benjamin Ipavcek), The Nightingale from Gorenjski (Anton Foerster) and most recently The tenth Brother (Aleš Makovac). Further operatic guest engagements include Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro and Faust at the Theater Baden, where he will return in 2018-19 for his debut as Florestan in Fidelio.
Matjaž Stopinšek has also established himself as a specialist in the operetta repertoire, and has sung a large number of leading roles such as Caramello in Eine Nacht in Venedig (Slovene National Theater Ljubljana), Jan in Der Bettelstudent (Stadttheater Leoben), the title role in Der Zarewitsch (Stadttheater Leoben), Georges Duménil in Heuberger’s Der Opernball (Stadttheater Leoben, Theater Baden), Edwin in Die Csárdásfürstin (Lehár Festival Bad Ischl), Barinkay in Der Zigeunerbaron (Theater Baden), Herzog in Eine Nacht in Venedig (Theater Baden), Sultan Suleiman in Johann Strauss’ Tausend und eine Nacht (Theater Baden), Jonel in Lehár’s Zigeunerliebe (Lehár Festival Bad Ischl), Graf René in Leo Fall’s Madame Pompadour (Theater Baden, Festival Ludesch), and the classics Sou Chong in Das Land des Lächelns (Theater Baden), Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Lehár Festival Bad Ischl, Slovene National Theater Maribor) and Danilo in Die lustige Witwe (Slovene National Theater Ljubljana, Slovene National Theater Maribor). In 2018 he will return to the Theater Baden to sing Raoul Severac in Oscar Straus’ Eine Frau, die weiß was sie will and Symon Rymanowski in Der Bettelstudent, and in 2019 Karel in Leo Fall’s Die geschiedene Frau and Stanislaus in Der Vogelhändler.
Concert appearances have brought Matjaž Stopinšek to international venues such as the Slovene Philharmonie (Consortium musicum Ljubljana), Munich’s Philharmonie am Gasteig (Münchner Symphonikern under Ken David Masur), the Cankarjev Dome in Ljubljana (RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra) and the Peterskirche and Minoritenkirche in Vienna. In 2018 he made his US debut singing the traditional New Year’s Concerts in Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.