Matthew Ferraro was born in New York City. He began working in the theater at age 14, when he toured the Catskill hotels with a nightclub cabaret show as a camper at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center.
As a student at Princeton University, Mr. Ferraro directed two musicals and received the Francis LeMoyne Page Theater Award. He then attended The Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater, where he studied Commedia and mask performance. He trained as a ballet dancer in New York City with David Howard and Wilhelm Burmann.
Mr. Ferraro’s credits as a dancer include principal, soloist, and corps roles with New York City Opera and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Ballet Theater of Boston, Orange County Ballet, Ballet Northeast, The Arden Theater Co. in Philadelphia, The Paper Mill Playhouse, and Palm Beach Opera.
As a choreographer, Mr. Ferraro has worked with The Washington National Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, and Boston Lyric Opera. As an assistant director, Mr. Ferraro has worked on productions at Opera Theater of St. Louis, The Dallas Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Virginia Opera, The Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Portland Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Santa Fe Opera.
As a director and designer, Mr. Ferraro has worked at Opera in the Heights in Houston, Texas, Palm Beach Opera, and The Hartt School of Music, where he has designed five new productions and has been a visiting artist since 2015.
In 2014 he made his European debut directing and designing a critically acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly at Theater Erfurt in Germany.
In January of 2018, Mr. Ferraro made his debut with Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, where he directed and and designed a new production of Les vêpres siciliennes. He returns to Würzburg in 2019 to direct and design a new production of Evita.
Mr. Ferraro is married to artist Kristin Purcell. They live in Providence, Rhode Island.