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 and in France with Pierre Fleta.
Since moving to Brussels in 2007, Matthew Zadow is enjoying a flourishing international career in recital, oratorio and opera, with recent debuts in Holland, Ireland and Belgium, interspersed with frequent Canadian performances. Recent opera houses debuts include Brussels' Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie as Il Commissionario/Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata by Verdi) and the Paleis voor Schone Kunsten as Masetto (Don Giovanni by Mozart), and with de Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as Baron Wurmerhelm (The Gambler by Prokofiev). His recent opera roles include Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart, Dancaïre and Morales in Carmen by Georges Bizet, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, and Cristiano and Il Giudice in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Manuel/Cantaor in La Vida Breve by de Falla, and Le Chat/L'Horloge Comtoise in L'enfant Et Les Sortileges by Ravel. Contemporary opera roles include Fellowship in The Summoning of Everyman, Hans Scholl in Die Weiße Rose, and Ben in Night-Blooming Cereus and he created of the role of Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest for Stratford Summer Music.
Matthew Zadow's recent stage roles include Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, General Boum in La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dancairo in Carmen, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, Cristiano/Silvano in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera and Danilo in The Merry Widow. He created the roles of Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest for Stratford Summer Music, and Young Grandad in Juno-award winning composer John Burge’s The Auction for Canada’s Westben music festival, and gave the Toronto premiere of the role of Hans Scholl in Die Weisse Rose by Zimmerman. Most recent debuts: at Brussels' Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie as Il Commissionario/Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata by Verdi and the Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Carmina Burana by Orff, and with de Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as Baron Wurmerhelm in The Gambler by Prokofiev.
His 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 Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) with Antwerp’s Jaak Gregoor and Vocaal Collectief, and Matthaus-Passion (BWV 244) with Octopus Ensemble and conductor Bart Van Reyn in Sint-Niklaas and with Chorale Caecilia and conductor Paul Dinneweth in Antwerp. He has performed Bach 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; and Herr Gott, dich loben wir (BWV 16) and Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen (BWV 65) with Jacques Vanherenthals.
His extensive concert repertoire includes George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, the Johannes Brahms, W.A. Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, and Maurice Duruflé Requiem Masses, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and A Sea Symphony, J. Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge, Purcell’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Edward Elgar’s Coronation Ode, Orff's Carmina Burana and Benjamin Britten’s Journey of the Magi. As a recitalist, he has given numerous performances of songs and song cycles such as Gustav Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, J. Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge, Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, Les nuits d’été by Berlioz, Don Quichotte à Dulcinée by Ravel, , R. Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach, Ned Rorem's War Songs, Pierre Mercure's Dissidence, and Saariaho’s Nuits Adieux. He also has debuted in Holland and Belgium with the Flemish ensemble BL!NDMAN in concert performances of contemporary music.
Matthew Zadow’s 2010-2011 season began in October with the music of César Franck including the Messe à trois voix in Limbourg and Tervuren, and the Bach 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. On November 11, he performed a commemorative concert with organist and pianist Piers Maxim, including music of S. Barber, J. Brahms, G. Fauré, Rorem, the Eleanor Daley setting of In Flanders Fields and excerpts from Ich habe genug (BWV 82) at St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland, Brussels. He then performed the cantatas BWV 70 Wachet! betet! betet! Wachet! and BWV 90 Esreißet euch ein schrecklich Ende with Philippe Gérard and Brussels’ Choeur et Orchestre de la Chapelle des Minimes before returning to Canada for Purcell’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day with the Melos Ensemble at St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, followed by J.S. Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) and Cantata BWV 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme in December for Howard Dyck and Toronto’s Pax Christi Chorale. In April 2011 he performed Messiah in Bornem, Willebroek and Sint-Niklaas, and in May sings a Canadian tour of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with the American pianist Dina Namer.
His 2011-2012 season includes Messiah in Brussels in October, followed by Ich will den Kreutzstab gerne tragen (BWV 56) with Jan Caals and Brussels’ Choeur et Orchestre de la Chapelle des Minimes. In November
he performs Orff's Carmina Burana with Stéphane Goemans and La chorale royale les chantres de Notre-Dame in Brussels, and in December appears as General Boum in the Brussels Operetta Theatre staging of Offenbach's La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein. In March he performs Raphael and Adam in Haydn's Creation in Kingston, followed by Die Schöne Müllerin in Waterloo, and a No Tenors Allowed opera excerpts concert in Ottawa, before returning for more performances of Haydn's Die Schöpfung in Antwerp's St. Paul's Church in April, and Die Schöne Müllerin in Brussels with Peter Tomek in May. His season ends in June 2012 with the role of Young Grandad in the premiere staging of John Burge’s The Auction for Canada's Westben music festival.
His 2012-2013 season included Conte Almaviva in La Nozze di Figaro with Opera Avanti (Limbourg), Die Schöne Müllerin, Messiah, the Puccini Messa di Gloria, the J. Brahms Requiem in Holland and Belgium, his Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) debut in Antwerp, his stage debut at Le Theatre Royale de La Monnaie as Commissionario in La Traviata, Puccini's Messa Di Gloria, M. Duruflé’s Requiem with the Brussels Choral Socitey, and his Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles debut in Carmina Burana. In October 2013 he performed Masetto and Commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and in December 2013 he made his De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam debut as Baron Wurmerhelm in Prokofiev's The Gambler.
For 2014 Matthew Zadow returns to Canada for G.F. Handel's Dettingen Te Deum and Haydn's Missa in Tempore Belli with Jurgen Petrenko and the Toronto Classical Singers, a recital of Canadian and European art songs at the Canadian Music Centre Toronto and Temple Israel Ottawa with American pianist Dina Namer, and a series of concerts of Viennese operetta with the Toronto Concert Orchestra under conductor Kerry Stratton. His 2014-2015 season begins with his debut with the Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles and les Chœurs de l'Union européenne in Haydn's Die Schöpfung with Jacques Vanherenthals, followed by his debut with the Orchestra Philharmonique de Liège as soloist in L.v. Beethoven's Choral Fantasy in C Minor, Op. 80, with Laurence Equilbey. This is followed by variety of Belgian performances of the Mozart, J. Brahms and G. Fauré Requiem Masses and Orff's Carmina Burana. He will tour ten Chinese cities with concerts of Viennese opera and operetta arias with the Toronto Concert Orchestra under conductor Kerry Stratton. He will debut the role of Christus in J.S. Bach'S Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) with Paul Dinneweth, sing the arias in the Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) with Geert Hendrix, and will perform the Hanssens Requiem with the Metropolis Orchestra and Jaak Gregoor. He also returns twice to the Chapelle des Minimes this season, for cantatas BWV 156 Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, and BWV 194 Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest.
Matthew Zadow appears on the Naxos CD release of Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Toreador Records’ art song release “Magic Breath”. Operetta roles of note include Danilo in The Merry Widow, Bob Beckett in H.M.S. Pinafore and Pish-Tush in Mikado.