Matthew Hargreaves was born in London and began singing as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. He later went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rudolph Piernay‚ where he won several prizes including an award from the Wolfson Foundation. He was a finalist in the 1996 International Coloratura Singing Competition in Luxembourg‚ and was the winner of the Decca Prize in the 1997 Kathleen Ferrier Award Competition.
Recent and future engagements include Leporello Don Giovanni for Opera North‚ Stagehand The Makropulos Case at the Edinburgh International Festival and Opera North‚ Nardo La Finta Giardiniera for the Buxton Festival‚ Narumov The Queen of Spades and Voice of Neptune Idomeneo for Grange Park Opera‚ Angelotti Tosca‚ Inspector A Dog’s Heart and Gubetta Lucrezia Borgia at English National Opera‚ Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro and Leporello Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park as well as Montano/Herald Otello with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and Christus St John Passion with Kristiansund Symfoni Orkester‚ Norway and with Manchester Camerata.
Operatic engagements in the UK include Don Giovanni‚ Escamillo Carmen‚ Schaunard La boheme‚ The Speaker The Magic Flute‚ Masetto Don Giovanni‚ Ping Turandot and Sourin The Queen of Spades for Welsh National Opera‚ Count Tomsky The Queen of Spades‚ Zurga The Pearl Fishers and Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Holland Park)‚ Leporello Don Giovanni‚ Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro and Calchas La Belle Helene (Diva Opera)‚ Sciarrone Tosca at the Royal Opera House‚ Angelotti Tosca and Escamillo Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall‚ Dandini La Cenerentola with English Touring Opera and Figaro Le nozze di Figaro with Savoy Opera.
Further afield‚ appearances include The Gallworm The Cricket Recovers by Richard Ayres in Bregenz‚ Junius The Rape of Lucretia for the Teatro Comunale di Firenze; Abbot Curlew River for Opera de Rouen; English Clerk Death in Venice and Traveller Curlew River for VARA in concert performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam‚ Alidoro La Cenerentola for Opera Theatre Company‚ Polyphemus Acis and Galatea and Leporello for Opera Atelier in Toronto‚ conducted by Marc Minkowski‚ and the title role Don Giovanni with Opera Atelier on tour to Japan.
Matthew has an extensive concert and oratorio repertoire and has worked with all the major British orchestras. He has performed Handel’s Sing unto God with The Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood at the BBC Proms‚ Messiah with the Hallé Orchestra‚ Faure Requiem at the Welsh Proms‚ Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs with Ulster Orchestra and Pulcinella with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. He has also sung L’Allegro‚ il Penseroso ed il Moderato by Händel with Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic & Choir‚ Bach’s St John Passion with Music of the Baroque conducted by Nicholas Kraemer in Chicago and Handel’s Messiah with Göteborgs Symfoniker‚ the Detroit Symphony and on tour across Europe with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert
Recordings include Bosun in concert performances of Billy Budd conducted by Kent Nagano with the Hallé Orchestra‚ recorded for Erato Disques‚ the Abbot Curlew River for Koch International‚ Rambaldo Maria di Rudenz and Ali Zoraida di Granata for Opera Rara‚ Wagner Faust for Chandos Records and the music for an audio play of The Phantom of the Opera broadcast on BBC7 and available on CD.