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  Conductors: Matthew Waldren

Matthew was born in Geneva‚ of Anglo-Ghanain descent and studied at the Royal College of Music in London‚ before reading music at Fitzwilliam College‚ Cambridge University and later studying as a post-graduate at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After a 10-year career as an opera singer‚ he swiftly gained a reputation as a dynamic young conductor‚ praised by critics and described as a talent to watch. Matthew is proud to have been awarded the 2016-17 ENO Mackerras Fellowship.

Most recent and upcoming engagements include La RondineLa BohemeAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park‚ Wilderness Festival and at the Royal Opera House‚ Lakmé and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park and La Bohème and Don Giovanni (assistant & cover conductor) for English National Opera. His debut studio album‚ Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ was released in 2015 and entered the official specialist classical chart at number one. The disc has been critically-acclaimed and has been played on BBC Radio 3.

Matthew is proud of his long-standing association with Opera Holland Park‚ for whom he has conducted critically-acclaimed performances of LakméIl Barbiere di SivigliaLes Pêcheurs de Perles‚ Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandGianni SchicchiZanettoRigoletto‚ and Fantastic Mr Fox. He was Chorus Master for OHP from 2009-2011 and in 2012 he was appointed Music Director of the inaugural Christine Collins Young Artist Scheme.

Further engagements include La Traviata (Opera Lyrica)‚ The Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company‚ National Festival Orchestra)‚ the World Premiere of Strekosa I Muravej (Tête a Tête and Grimeborn festivals) - shortlisted in the Flourish Opera Competition‚ workshops for English National Ballet and Carmen with the Royal Opera House Community Chorus. Matthew mentors and coaches young musicians at Fitzwilliam College‚ Cambridge University.

Between 2009 and 2011‚ Matthew was Chorus Master at Opera Holland Park‚ and prepared the chorus for La Bohème‚ Orpheus in the Underworld‚ Pelléas et Melisande‚ Carmen‚ Fidelio‚ Don Giovanni‚ Francesca da Rimini‚ La Forza del Destino‚ L’Amico Fritz‚ Le Nozze di Figaro and Rigoletto. He has worked as a cover conductor for John Owen Edwards‚ Stuart Stratford and Manlio Benzi‚ has worked alongside Sir Mark Elder on Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand with the Hallé orchestra and Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House.

Matthew regularly conducts opera galas‚ highlights including the Centenary Gala Concert and World War I Memorial Gala Concert at the Chelsea Flower Show. His work has taken him to eclectic festivals including Watercity‚ Camp Bestival‚ Harvest‚ and Wilderness . Matthew works regularly with the London Mozart Players and the City of London Sinfonia‚ and has conducted the orchestra of English National Opera.

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