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Matthew Beale (Tenor)

Born: England

The English tenor, Matthew Beale, was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, where he read Psychology. Following three years as a lay clerk at St George's Chapel, Windsor he trained at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Kingsley and the National Opera Studio where he was sponsored by the Royal Opera House. He received The Laura Ashley Scholarship as well as a Sybil Tutton award from the Musician's Benevolent Fund and one from the Ian Fleming Charitable Trust. He now studies with Ryland Davies.

Whilst at the RCM he took the roles of Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Sir Philip/Narrator Owen Wingrave, Sellem The Rake's Progress and Bruschino figlio in Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino. He has also sung Berengario in George Frideric Handel's Lotario and Ugone in Flavio with the London Handel Festival, Der Junge in Lars Klit's Der Letzte Virtuose with the Berlin Kammeroper and Ferrando Così fan Tutte on a recent tour of the Isle of Man. His repertoire also includes Thomas in Harrison Birtwistle's The Last Supper, Paolino in Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage and the title role in Francis Grier's St Francis of Assisi.

Matthew's recent concert appearances have included Benjamin Britten's Les Illuminations with The City of London Sinfonia, Boccherini's Stabat Mater with The King's Consort at The Wigmore Hall, G.F. Handel's L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato at La Chaise Dieu Festival, Carmina Burana in Liverpool, Messiah at Worcester Cathedral, Creation with the Guildford Philharmonic, J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) and B Minor Mass (BWV 232) at St John's Smith Square, the St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) at the London Handel Festival and J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel with the Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer. As a recitalist he has performed in Japan, England and Wales. His repertoire includes J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243), Monteverdi's Vespers, W.A. Mozart's Requiem, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin and Ralph Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge. He recently recorded the tenor arias in J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) with The Choir of New College Oxford/Edward Higginbottom for Naxos and Marcel Dupré's La France au Calvaire with The Vasari Singers / Jeremy Backhouse.

Matthew recently sang Remendado Carmen with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and is currently appearing as First Priest Die Zauberflöte to be followed by and Second Gravedigger Hamlet at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. On the concert platform he will perform the St John Passion (BWV 245) with The Hanover Band, J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with The Manchester Camerata, Easter Oratorio (BWV 249) with The Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Nicholas Kraemer, W.A. Mozart's C Minor Mass with The Bach Choir/David Hill and Sailor Dido & Aeneas with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at The Proms.

Source: Caroline Philips Management Website (February 2003)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2003)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Edward Higginbottom


BWV 245

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Matthew Beale - tenor (CPM)
Matthew Beale - Tenor (Wokingham Choral Society)

Matthew Beale (New Chamber Opera)

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