British bass Matthew Rose was a member of The Royal Opera’s Young Artist Programme 2003–5. He has since returned to sing roles including Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea), Colline (La bohème), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Timur (Turandot) and Talbot (Maria Stuarda) for The Royal Opera. In summer 2015 he sings Masetto on The Royal Opera’s tour to Japan, and in the 2015/16 Season returns to sing Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor).
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 Claggart (Billy Budd) for English National Opera, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress) and Callistene (Poliuto) for Glyndebourne Festival, Talbot for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 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.
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Matthew Rose in La bohème, The Royal Opera
Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda and Matthew Rose as Giorgio Talbot in Maria Stuarda
Matthew Rose in rehearsals for La bohème
Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda, Matthew Rose as Giorgio Talbot and Kathleen Wilkinson as Anna Kennedy in Maria Stuarda
Kate Lindsey as Zerlina and Matthew Rose as Masetto in Don Giovanni
Matthew Rose in La bohème