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Matthew Rose


British bass Matthew Rose studied at the Curtis Institute of Music before becoming a member of the Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In 2006 he made an acclaimed debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream – for which he received the John Christie Award – and has since sung the role at La Scala, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Lyon, Houston Grand Opera and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He has sung Talbot Maria Stuarda and Colline La bohème for the Metropolitan Opera; Sparafucile Rigoletto, Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and Talbot at Covent Garden; Leporello Don Giovanni, Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress, Callistene Poliuto and Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne Festival; Claggart Billy Budd at English National Opera; Mozart’s Figaro for Welsh National Opera, Opéra de Lille, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; Leporello at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; and Henry VIII Anna Bolena at Opéra National de Bordeaux.

Opera engagements this forthcoming season include his debut as Baron Ochs for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor for the Royal Opera House and King Marke Tristan und Isolde for the English National Opera.

In concert he has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Proms and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. His engagements include the LSO with Sir Colin Davis, Harding and Tilson Thomas; the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Dudamel; the Dresden Staatskapelle with Mackerras; the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis, Belohlávek and Minkowski; the LPO with Nézet-Séguin; L’Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique with Gardiner; the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Dutoit; and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Pappano.

His recital appearances include the Brighton, Chester and Cheltenham International Festivals, and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center, Washington.

Already a prolific recording artist his recordings include a critically acclaimed Winterreise with pianist Gary Matthewman and Schwanengesang with Malcolm Martineau (Stone Records); Walter Guillaume Tell and Der Steuermann Tristan und Isolde with Pappano; Ratcliffe Billy Budd with Harding – Winner of a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording; Bel Canto arias with Natalie Dessay and Evelino Pido and Handel’s Messiah with Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge (EMI); Tippett's A Child of our Time and Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with Sir Colin Davis (LSO Live); and Liszt Lieder with Iain Burnside (Signum). His roles on DVD include Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress and Mr Flint Billy Budd from Glyndebourne, and Polyphemus Acis and Galatea from Covent Garden (Opus Arte).

Last updated: Jul 2019