Matthew Hargreaves
Five Mystical Songs
Composer: Vaughan Williams
Quoniam tu sollus (Petite Messe Solenelle)
Composer: Rossini

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Matthew Hargreaves was born in London and began singing as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rudolph Piernay‚ where he won several prizes including an award from the Wolfson Foundation. He was a finalist in the 1996 International Coloratura Singing Competition in Luxembourg‚ and was the winner of the Decca Prize in the 1997 Kathleen Ferrier Award Competition.

Most recent and future engagements include Inspector A Dog’s Heart (La Scala‚ Milan)‚ Kommissar Der Rosenkavalier (WNO)‚ Leporello Don Giovanni and Death Swanhunter (Opera North)‚ Angelotti Tosca and Baron Douphol La Traviata (ENO)‚ Citizen of Vienna Amadeus (The National Theatre)‚ Baron Douphol (West Green House)‚ Gremin Eugene Onegin and Pistol Falstaff (Cambridge Philharmonic Society)‚ Eisenring Biedermann and the Arsonists (Independent Opera)‚ Stagehand The Makropulos Case (Edinburgh Festival and ON)‚ Osmin Die Entfuhrung Frosch Die Fledermaus‚ Alidoro La Cenerentola‚ Villains Les Contes d’Hoffmann Kommissar Der Rosenkavalier‚ Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte‚ Notary Don Pasquale and Commendatore Don Giovanni (Diva Opera)‚ Nardo La Finta Giardiniera (Buxton Festival)‚ Montano/Herald Otello (BBC Philharmonic) and Ceprano Rigoletto (LSO)‚ both under Noseda. Recent concerts include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle (BBC Singers)‚ Trial by Jury (CBSO)‚ Christus St John Passion (Norway’s Kristiansund Symfoni Orkester and Manchester Camerata)‚ Christus St Matthew Passion (BBC Philharmonic)‚ Winterreise (Oxford Lieder Festival)‚ Gounod’s Mass to St Cecilia and Fauré’s Requiem (Gravesham Choral Society)‚ Dream of Gerontius (East Sussex Bach Choir) and Savitri (Choros Chamber Choir).

Operatic engagements in the UK include Don Giovanni‚ Escamillo Carmen‚ Schaunard La boheme‚ The Speaker The Magic Flute‚ Masetto Don Giovanni‚ Ping Turandot and Sourin The Queen of Spades (Welsh National Opera)‚ Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro‚ Leporello‚ Count Tomsky The Queen of Spades‚ Zurga The Pearl Fishers and Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Holland Park)‚ Narumov The Queen of Spades and Voice of Neptune Idomeneo (Grange Park Opera)‚ Leporello‚ Figaro and Calchas La Belle Helene (Diva Opera)‚ Sciarrone Tosca (Royal Opera House)‚ Angelotti and Escamillo (Royal Albert Hall)‚ Dandini La Cenerentola (ETO) and Figaro with Savoy Opera.

Further afield‚ appearances include The Gallworm The Cricket Recovers by Richard Ayres in Bregenz‚ Junius The Rape of Lucretia for the Teatro Comunale di Firenze; Abbot Curlew River for Opera de Rouen; English Clerk Death in Venice and Traveller Curlew River for VARA in concert performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam‚ Alidoro La Cenerentola for Opera Theatre Company‚ Polyphemus Acis and Galatea and Leporello for Opera Atelier in Toronto‚ conducted by Marc Minkowski‚ and the title role Don Giovanni with Opera Atelier on tour to Japan.

Matthew has an extensive concert and oratorio repertoire and has worked with all the major British orchestras. He has performed Handel’s Sing unto God with The Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood at the BBC Proms‚ Messiah with the Hallé Orchestra‚ Faure Requiem at the Welsh Proms‚ Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs with Ulster Orchestra and Pulcinella with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. He has also sung L’Allegroil Penseroso ed il Moderato by Händel with Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic & Choir‚ Bach’s St John Passion with Music of the Baroque conducted by Nicholas Kraemer in Chicago and Handel’s Messiah with Göteborgs Symfoniker‚ the Detroit Symphony and on tour across Europe with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert.

Recordings include Bosun in concert performances of Billy Budd conducted by Kent Nagano with the Hallé Orchestra‚ recorded for Erato Disques‚ the Abbot Curlew River for Koch International‚ Rambaldo Maria di Rudenz and Ali Zoraida di Granata for Opera Rara‚ Wagner Faust for Chandos Records and the music for an audio play of The Phantom of the Opera broadcast on BBC7 and available on CD.

Thaïs‚ Chelsea Opera Group

Matthew Hargreaves turned in a sonorously sung cameo as the elderly monk Palémon...

Classical Source (June 2018)

Der Rosenkavalier‚ Welsh National Opera

Matthew Hargreaves was a finely upright commissar of police.

Opera Today (June 2017)

La Traviata‚ West Green House Opera

Each of the supporting roles was a vivid cameo... Matthew Hargreaves as a pompous Douphol...

Opera Magazine (October 2016)

Matthew Hargreaves’ Baron Douphol was an unpleasant piece of work‚ stalking around the stage with a cane in a manner that suggested it was used as much on flesh as on the ground. Were it not for an apt injection of spite‚ Hargreaves’ elegant bass-baritone would have been almost too cleanly sung for the character.

BachTrack (July 2016)

Le nozze di Figaro‚ Les Azuriales Festival

Hargreaves was also in Figaro (Count Almaviva)‚ as a rather more dignified than lecherous figure‚ and again‚ as in Lucia‚ stylishly sung

Opera Magazine (December 2015)

Lucia di Lammermoor‚ Les Azuriales Festival

Matthew Hargreaves was an impressive Raimondo‚ thunderous in promising God’s reward for Lucia’s abandonment of her vows to Edgardo

Opera (December 2015)

Biedermann and the Arsonists‚ Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells Theatre

But it’s in the passages of eerie stillness that the cast has a chance to shine. Leigh Melrose and Matthew Hargreaves combine charm and menace as the arsonists

Financial Times (November 2015)

The singing was wonderful throughout...Leigh Melrose (in a well-muscled ‘fat suit’) and Matthew Hargreaves relished their roles as Schmitz and Eisenring‚ the arsonists; these are tricky – somewhat cartoonish – roles to get right and their performances‚ both vocally and dramatically‚ had a subtle nuance which allowed their evil intent to unwind slowly and believably naturally

Seen & Heard International (November 2015)

...the only ones with any clue or plan are the double-act arsonists Schmitz (a former wrestler) and Eisenring (a former waiter‚ recently out of jail). Sung respectively by Leigh Melrose and Matthew Hargreaves‚ they make a stunning contribution...

The Stage (November 2015)

...while Matthew Hargreaves’s straight-man Eisenring is just too nice. It goes without saying that both these seasoned professionals deliver consummate vocal performances

What’s On Stage (November 2015)

Swanhunter‚ Opera North & The Wrong Crowd‚ Linbury Theatre

They did so with considerable imagination‚ with striking contributions from...Matthew Hargreaves’s grandly-voiced Death

Opera Magazine (June 2015)

Swanhunter‚ Opera North & The Wrong Crowd

Matthew Hargreaves terrifying as Death

The Guardian (April 2015)

The six singers‚ doubling as puppeteers‚ and six instrumentalists‚ conducted by Justin Doyle‚ dazzled

Observer on Sunday (April 2015)

Matthew Hargreaves...was an imposing Death

Seen & Heard International (April 2015)

Good performances come from all the six-strong cast‚ singing multiple roles with verve‚ but particularly from Adrian Dwyer as Lemminkäinen and a suitably sepulchral-voiced Matthew Hargreaves as Death

The Times (April 2015)

Indeed‚ everyone in the six-strong cast transcends the flat production. Adrian Dwyer does sterling work in the title role‚ while Rebecca Afonwy-Jones‚ Christopher Diffey and Matthew Hargreaves sing‚ act and manipulate puppets with aplomb

What’s On Stage (April 2015)

Don Giovanni‚ Diva Opera

Le couple Don Giovanni/Leporello fonctionnait tres bien‚ avec un Don Giovanni bien posé dans son rôle de séducteur prêt à tout et un Leporello à la fois drôle‚ soumis et couard. Tous donnent à ce dramma giocoso (drame joyeux) une grande profondeur /// The couple Don Giovanni / Leporello worked very well together‚ with Don Giovanni well posed in his role of seducer ready for anything and Leporello both funny‚ submissive and cowardly. All give this dramma giocoso (joyful drama) great depth

La Presse de la Manche (March 2015)

Petit Messe Solonelle‚ BBC Singers (Live on BBC Radio 3)

Each of the soloists contributed something special...Matthew Hargreaves’ lyrical bass-baritone ranged confidently from the top to the bottom of his part

The Guardian (February 2014)

Rigoletto‚ London Symphony Orchestra‚ Barbican

The smaller roles were just as strong

Classical Source (September 2013)

...the smaller roles were consistently well taken

The Guardian (September 2013)

...some really excellent supporting singers...this was a really superb evening

What’s on Stage (September 2013)

La Finta Giardiniera‚ Buxton Festival

Matthew Hargreaves was a in complete command as the comic servant...

Planet Hugill (July 2013)

London Song & Wagner200 Festival‚ St Paul’s Church‚ Covent Garden

Matthew Hargreaves found ample drama even in the most intimate pieces...genuine Wagnerian weight

London Evening Standard (May 2013)

Don Giovanni‚ Opera North

Matthew Hargreaves is funny‚ a physical maestro as Leporello‚ Don Giovanni’s servant‚ and the comic double act of him and William Dalzeley as Don Giovanni is wicked...

Chronicle Live (November 2012)

The Makropulos Case‚ Opera North

There’s some sweet‚ low-key comedy between Sarah Pring and Matthew Hargreaves as two backstage staff at the opera house where Marty is performing

The Arts Desk (October 2012)

...the best moment a charming interlude between cleaner Sarah Pring and a technician Matthew Hargreaves

The Scotsman (August 2012)

Technician Matthew Hargreaves and Cleaner Sarah Pring enjoy their vignette at the start of Act 2

The Opera Critic (August 2012)

Idomeneo‚ Grange Park Opera

Matthew Hargreaves’s sonorous Neptune...

Opera Magazine (August 2012)

The only sign of an interpreter’s imagination comes with his casting of Neptune. Usually a disembodied voice‚ the god of the sea here becomes a visible manipulator of the drama‚ his supernatural force represented by the way he smashes through the white-walled set at the end of Act Two and later retires into the ether‚ job and justice done – the evening’s only dramatic stage pictures. The charismatic Matthew Hargreaves validates the role’s extra prominence

Financial Times (June 2012)

...Neptune himself‚ in the towering presence of bass Matthew Hargreaves

Oxford Times (June 2012)

Tosca‚ Kensington Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Hargreaves had great success with the desperate‚ driven Angelotti

Classical Source (May 2012)

Tosca‚ English National Opera

The resonant bass of Matthew Hargreaves as the fugitive Angelotti cranked up the tension from the very begining

Opera Magazine (January 2012)

The part of Angelotti is the smallest in the quartet‚ but Matthew Hargreaves made more out of it than most‚ with a clear‚ urgent voice and his slim frame well suited to the character of the gaunt‚ starving prisoner

Bachtrack (November 2011)

Henry Waddington (Sacristan)‚ Matthew Hargreaves (Angelotti)‚ Scott Davies (Spoletta) were outstanding in their smaller roles

Seen & Heard International (November 2011)

Le nozze di Figaro‚ Opera Holland Park

...incisive definition to the timbre...He plays the marriageable servant with energy and an unexpected swagger – here cutting a dash‚ there dashing about like a seasoned farceur

Classical Source (July 2011)

Matthew Hargreaves’s urbane Figaro

Independent on Sunday (July 2011)

...Figaro also comes into his own with some stirring singing

MusicOMH (July 2011)

...a quality performance. Tall‚ slim‚ elegant and sexy in a quintessentially English way‚ his engaging portrayal was entirely in keeping with the 1920s stately home setting‚ his love for Susanna convincing and the sense of fun he displayed when trying to protect the Countess‚ Susanna and even Cherubino from the wrath of the Count was quite skittish. He has a perfectly serviceable bass-baritone voice and at times his stage presence reminded me of a young James Stewart – a subtle but definite star quality

Opera Britannia (July 2011)

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