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Sally Matthews



Sally Matthews in action.
Sally Matthews in La Calisto, The Royal Opera © Bill Cooper

In the 2013/14 Season, Sally Matthews sings Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) for The Royal Opera. She was a member of The Royal Opera’s Young Artists Programme from 2001 to 2003, and made her debut with the Company as Nannetta (Falstaff) under Bernard Haitink. She has since sung Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Sifare (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) for The Royal Opera.

Matthews was born in Southampton. She was encouraged to dance from the age of three and performed the role of Eliza in a school production of My Fair Lady at 15. She was awarded a scholarship to study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and while there won the 1999 Kathleen Ferrier Award. From 2002 to 2004 she took part in the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme. Her career to date has included appearances with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Netherlands Opera, Vienna State Opera and Opera Australia, in repertory ranging from Cavalli’s La Calisto to the title role in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. Recent engagements include Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano.

Matthews gives regular concerts and recitals, with highlights including performances at the BBC Proms, The Creation with Sir Colin Davis and recitals with Simon Lepper at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Wigmore Hall. Her many recordings include a selection of Lieder and Ännchen (Der Freischütz) under Colin Davis.


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Cast change: Sally Matthews to perform in Dialogues des Carmélites

Cast change: Sally Matthews to perform in Dialogues des Carmélites

14 October 2013

British soprano replaces Magdalena Kožená.