British bass Charbel Mattar was a member of the Royal Opera Chorus 2006–11, during which time his solo roles for The Royal Opera included Town Crier (La Juive) and Messenger (La traviata). His roles since leaving the Chorus have included Second Knight (Parsifal) and Marquis d’Obigny (La traviata).
Mattar studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Guildhall School for Music and Drama. He was a member of the Glyndebourne chorus in 2001 and has sung Arcas (Iphigénie en Aulide) at the Glyndebourne Festival and Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro), Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Marquis d’Obigny and Valens (Theodora) for Glyndebourne on Tour. Other engagements include Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at the Oxford Playhouse, Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia) for De Vlaamse Opera, Buonafede (Il mondo della luna) for Garsington and Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for Savoy Opera.
Mattar’s appearances in concert include Polifemo (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo) for The English Concert, broadcast on BBC Radio Three.
News and features
20 April 2011
Charbel Mattar in Parsifal, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2013
Ashley Riches, Jihoon Kim, Charbel Mattar and Michel de Souza as Servants in Capriccio in Concert © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013
Charbel Mattar as Second Knight and Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013