Matjaž Stopinšek was born in Celje (Slovenia) and began his musical training while still attending middle school in Maribor, where his main course of study was voice. After completing his Matura, he attended the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, studying with Prof. Wolfgang Gamerith and Prof. Horst Zander. While still a student, he sang his first Mozart roles, debuting as Tamino, followed by Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) in the Theater im Palais in Graz. Engagements followed with the Styrian Musikverein, where he again sang Tamino and later Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and at the Stadttheater Leoben, where he was heard as Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro) and Baron Kronthal (Der Wildschütz). The early phase of his career was also marked by numerous successes in operetta: Caramello in Eine Nacht in Venedig for the Slovene National Theater Ljubljana, Jan in Der Bettelstudent, the title role in Lehár’s Der Zarewitsch and Georges Duménil in Heuberger’s Der Opernball, all at the Stadttheater Leoben.
In 2003 he became an ensemble member of the Slovene National Theater Ljubljana, where he expanded his operetta repertoire with roles such as Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Graf Stanislav (Der Vogelhändler) and Edwin (Die Csárdásfürstin), while taking on mainstream operatic roles such as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Don Narciso (Il Turco in Italia), and garnering successes in operatic rarities as Florindo in Le Donne Curiose by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and as Franz Waldung in Jacques Offenbach’s romantic opera Les Fées du Rhin, 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 roles in Maribor included Ferrando, Pinkerton, Alfredo, Janez, in the Slovenian opera Zlatorog/Goldhorn by Viktor Parma, Werther, Eisenstein, Chekalinsky (The Queen of Spades) and Danilo (The Merry Widow).
Since 2010 Matjaž Stopinšek works as a freelance artist, and has appeared in guest engagements at the Slovene People’s Theater Celje, where he sang in the Slovenian opera, Teharski plemici/The peers of Teharje by Benjamin Ipavcek, at the Slovene National Theater Ljubljana (Don José), with the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl (Edwin in Die Csárdásfürstin, Jonel in Zigeunerliebe) and at the Theater Baden where he made his debut as Barinkay in Der Zigeunerbaron. Further guest engagements in Baden included Sou Chong in Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns, the title role in Gounod’s Faust, Herzog in Eine Nacht in Venedig, Sultan Suleiman in Johann Strauss’ Tausend und eine Nacht and Georges Duménil in Heuberger’s Der Opernball. He returned to the Slovene National Theater Maribor as Danilo, to the Slovene National Theater Ljubljana as Franjo in Anton Foerster’s Slovenian opera Gorenjski slavcek/The Nightingale from Gorenjski and Eisenstein, to the Theater Baden as Sou Chong, and to the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl for performances as Eisenstein. In 2017 he performed the role of Count René in Leo Fall’s operatta Madame Pompadour, and in 2018 he will sing Raoul Severac in Oscar Straus’ Eine Frau, die weiß was sie will and Symon Rymanowski in Der Bettelstudent all at Theater Baden.
Concert and oratorio appearances have brought Matjaž Stopinšek throughout Europa. He made his debut with the Münchner Symphoniker in 2010 in an opera gala, and was invited back for a gala concert with arias by Giuseppe Verdi in 2013 (under the baton of Ken David Masur at the Philharmonie am Gasteig). Furthermore he sang Martin Frank’s Golgotha with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra at the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubjana, as well as the traditional Christmas concert at the Theater Baden. In 2018-19 he will make his US debut in the traditional New Year’s concerts Salute to Vienna. His repertoire encompasses the tenor parts in in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Saint–Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue, Bruckner’s Te Deum and many more.