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Matthew Rose

Bass

Biography

Matthew Rose in action.
Matthew Rose as Sparafucile in Rigoletto © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

British bass Matthew Rose was a member of The Royal Opera’s Young Artist Programme 2003–05. He has since returned to sing roles including Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea), Colline (La bohème), Masetto (Don Giovanni, including on tour with The Royal Opera to Japan), Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Timur (Turandot), Talbot (Maria Stuarda) and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for The Royal Opera. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier).

Rose was born in Brighton and studied history before being advised by Benjamin Luxon to train as a singer. He trained at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and on graduation joined The Royal Opera’s Young Artist Programme. He now sings a wide repertory at the world’s leading opera houses, engagements including King Marke (Tristan und Isolde) and Claggart (Billy Budd) for English National Opera, Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress) and Callistene (Poliuto) for Glyndebourne Festival, Talbot for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier) for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) for Bavarian State Opera, Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Garsington Opera, Walter (Guillaume Tell) at the BBC Proms and Bottom for La Scala, Milan, Glyndebourne Festival, the Metropolitan Opera and Opéra de Lyon.

Rose performs widely in concert, with conductors including Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, Antonio Pappano, Robin Ticciati and Michael Tilson-Thomas. He is a keen recitalist who has recorded prolifically, including his 2013 debut solo recording of Winterreise with Gary Matthewman for Stone Records. He runs the Sussex music festival Matthew Rose and Friends.

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of Strauss's <em>Der Rosenkavalier</em>?

Your Reaction: What did you think of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier?

19 December 2016

A round-up of reviews and responses to Robert Carsen's sumptuous new Royal Opera production.

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

29 August 2014

Company to perform Macbeth and Don Giovanni in Tokyo, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

7 January 2014

Jette Parker Young Artists on why recitals are as important as singing on stage.

Photos

Matthew Rose as Sarastro and Sophie Bevan as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Timur and Ailyn Pérez as Liù in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Timur and Ailyn Pérez as Liù in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as the Poacher in The Cunning Little Vixen, The Royal Opera

Sophie Bevan as Sophie von Faninal, Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Helene Schneiderman as Annina and Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Valzacchi and Helene Schneiderman as Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose in La bohème

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Kate Lindsey as Zerlina and Matthew Rose as Masetto in Don Giovanni

Alfred Kim as Calaf, Matthew Rose as Timur and Ailyn Pérez as Liù in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Octavian and Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Renée Fleming as The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose in rehearsals for La bohème

Matthew Rose as Sparafucile in Rigoletto

Helene Schneiderman as Annina, Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alasdair Elliott as Innkeeper in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose