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Matthew Best - Bass & Opera Singer at English National Opera

Matthew Best


Matthew Best studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and at the National Opera Studio.

Previously for ENO: King Aida, Flying Dutchman, Jochanaan, Marke, Wotan, Kutuzov, Ramfis, Swallow, Sparafucile, Commendatore, Tiresias Thebans, Old Convict Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Marquis of Calatrava Force of Destiny.

Career Highlights

Matthew enjoys an extensive concert career, and has made numerous recordings as singer and conductor.

He has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Gergiev, Pappano, Nelsons, Salonen, Colin Davis, Andrew Davis, Gardiner, Marriner, Haitink, Elder, Hickox, Svetlanov and Sanderling.

Notable engagements elsewhere: Swallow (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, ROH, Oviedo); Heinrich Lohengrin (Royal Swedish Opera, WNO); Marke (WNO, Bilbao, Philharmonia, CBSO, Oper Leipzig); Jochanaan (WNO, LSO); Sprecher Die Zauberflöte (ROH); Peneios Daphne (Santa Fe, Oper Frankfurt); Tsargo Adriana Mater (Santa Fe); La Roche Capriccio (Grange Park). Earlier in his career he also sang Kurwenal (Scottish Opera, La Monnaie, Nancy); Don Pizarro Fidelio/Leonore (Proms, Salzburg, Amsterdam, New York, Scottish Opera, CBSO, Rotterdam Philharmonic); Wotan/Wanderer (Stuttgart, Lyon, Scottish Opera); Amfortas, Scarpia, King Vladislav Dalibor, Commendatore (Scottish Opera); Flying Dutchman (Rouen); Scarpia (Florida Grand Opera, WNO, Opera North, Scottish Opera); Vairochana in the premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream (Amsterdam, Paris).

Forthcoming: Arkel Pelléas et Mélisande (Opera Vlaanderen, CBSO, Théâtres de la Ville, Luxembourg).

Last updated: 16th November 2017