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.
Rose was born in Brighton and initially studied history at university before deciding to pursue opera on the encouragement of Benjamin Luxon. He studied singing 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, notable performances including Claggart (Billy Budd) for English National Opera, Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress) 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 Davis, Dudamel, Dutoit, Gardiner, Harding, Pappano, Ticciati and Tilson-Thomas. He is a keen recitalist who has recorded prolifically, and made his debut solo recording in 2013 with Winterreise for Stone Records, with Gary Matthewman. In 2012 he organized the Sussex music festival Matthew Rose and Friends.
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British bass sings role of Colline on 30 April, 3 and 5 May.
Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda, Matthew Rose as Giorgio Talbot and Kathleen Wilkinson as Anna Kennedy in Maria Stuarda © Bill Cooper / ROH 2014
Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda and Matthew Rose as Giorgio Talbot in Maria Stuarda © Bill Cooper / ROH 2014
Matthew Rose in rehearsals for La bohème © Yuri Vorobiev/ROH 2012
Kate Lindsey as Zerlina and Matthew Rose as Masetto in Don Giovanni © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012
Matthew Rose in La bohème © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2008
Matthew Rose in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH/Mike Hoban, 2012