The Canadian baritone, Matthew Zadow, was born into an family of amateur singers and musicians; he studied piano, guitar, trombone and singing as a teenager, and was a frequent actor on the stage. Still he began his university studies in science, only switching to formal music study in his last year, when he began his vocal studies with fellow Canadian baritone Bruce Kelly, first at Queen's University in Kingston and subsequently in Toronto. He also studied in France with Pierre Fleta.
A Brussels resident since 2007, Matthew Zadow enjoys a growing reputation as a compelling interpreter of opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, with recent debuts at Brussels' Koninklijke Muntschouwburg / Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie as Commissionario/Dottore Grenvil in nVerdi's La Traviata and Paleis voor Schone Kunsten / Palais des Beaux-Arts as Masetto in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni and in Orff's Carmina Burana, and with de Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as Baron Wurmerhelm in Prokofiev The Gambler.
Opera roles include Eisenstein in J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Almaviva in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, General Boum in Offenbach's La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, Danilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow, Belcore in Donizetti's l’Elisir d’Amore, Dancaïro in Georges Bizet's Carmen, Baron Douphol in Verdi's La Traviata, Cristiano in Verdi's (Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi), and Le Chat/L'Horloge Comtoise in Ravel's l’Enfant et les Sortileges.
Much in demand internationally as a concert artist, Matthew Zadow has appeared in Canada, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and China, performing virtually all of the major oratorio and concert repertoire for the solo baritone and bass voice ranging from the Baroque to Contemporary periods. His J.S. Bach performances include the solo cantata Ich will den Kreutzstab gerne tragen (BWV 56), Magnificat (BWV 243), Mass in B minor (BWV 232), Himmelfahrts-Oratorium (BWV 11) with the Melos ensemble under conductor David Cameron, Kingston; Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) with Toronto’s Stephanie Martin and Pax Christi Chorale, with conductor Howard Dyck in Toronto along with Cantata BWV 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme, and in Deurne (Antwerp) with the Orkest La Passione and conductor Marleen de Boo. He performed the arias in Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) with Antwerp’s Jaak Gregoor and Vocaal Collectief, and arias in Matthaus-Passion (BWV 244) with Octopus Ensemble and conductor Bart Van Reyn in Sint-Niklaas, with Chorale Caecilia and conductor Paul Dinneweth in Antwerp, and with Helicon, the Orchestre La Passione, and conductor Geert Hendrix in Lier.
Matthew Zadow has performed J.S. Bach's Cantatas BWV 207 Vereinigtre Zweitracht der wechselnden Saiten and BWV 208 Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd! with Paul Van Loey and the Flanders Baroque Academie at Antwerp’s Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk, and Ich habe genug (BWV 82) at St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland, Brussels with Piers Maxim. A frequent performer with Brussels’ Choeur et Orchestre de la Chapelle des Minimes he has performed cantatas BWV 70 Wachet! betet! betet! Wachet! and BWV 90 Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende with Philippe Gérard; Ich will den Kreutzstab gerne tragen (BWV 56) with Jan Caals; Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen (BWV 87) with Piers Maxim; Herr Gott, dich loben wir (BWV 16) and Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen (BWV 65), and Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe (BWV 156) with Jacques Vanherenthals, and Höchterwünschtes Freudenfest (BWV 197) with Julius Stenzel.
Matthew Zadow will sing Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn (BWV 96) in October 2015 at the Chapelle des Minimes. He then returns to Canada in December 2015 to make several important debuts: with Toronto's Elmer Iseler Singers and Amadeus Choir with Conductor Lydia Adams in George Frideric Handel's Messiah, as Saint Joseph in Berlioz's l’Enfance du Christ in Toronto with Pax Christi Chorale and conductor Stephanie Martin, and with Symphony Nova Scotia in G.F. Handel's Messiah with conductor Alexander Weimann. In January 2016 he will perform the opera duet recital "No Tenors Allowed" with fellow baritone and mentor Bruce Kelly and pianist Dina Namer at Queen's University's new Isabel Bader Centre, and then will lead a master-class in Baroque performance for the School of Music and Drama. His European season continues with a series of five performances of the Matthaus-Passion (BWV 244) with conductors Paul Dinneweth and Geert Hendrix at Easter 2016 in Bruges, Lier, and Antwerp.