Matthew White

Matthew White, Countertenor

Pacific Opera Victoria
Unulfo in Rodelinda

November, 2010


Matthew White made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2002 in the title role of Handel's Julius Caesar. He returns to perform Unulfo in Handel's Rodelinda – a role he has previously performed with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

Matthew was born in 1973 and began singing as a treble with St. Matthew's Men and Boys Choir in Ottawa, Canada. He graduated in English Literature at McGill University and studied voice with Jan Simons in Montreal. 

Operatic engagements have included work with the New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Atelier and Pacific Opera Victoria. His roles include Ottone in L'incoronazione di Poppea for the Houston Grand Opera and the Toronto Consort, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo for the Toronto Consort, Hercules in Handel's The Choice Of Hercules for Modern Baroque Opera and the title role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice for the Festival International de Musique Baroque de Lamèque.

On the concert stage he has worked with groups including Le Concert D'Astrée (Emmanuelle Haïm), Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe, Marcus Creed, H.C Rademann), Le Concert Spirituel (Hervé Niquet), Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Jos van Veldhoven), Arsys Bourgogne/Concerto Köln (Pierre Cao), Tafelmusik( Jeanne Lamon, Ivars Taurins), Les Violons du Roy (Bernard Labadie), Ensemble Arion (Monica Huggett, Jaap ter Linden), Concerto Palatino (Bruce Dickey), the New York Collegium (Andrew Parrott), Portland Baroque Orchestra (Nicolas McGegan/Paul Goodwin), Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Marc Destrubé), Ensemble La Nef (Sylvain Bergeron), Le Parlement de Musique (Martin Gester), Oregon Bach Festival (Helmuth Rilling, John Nelson), the Toronto Consort (David Fallis), Carmel Bach Festival (Bruno Weil), The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra (Stephen Stubbs/Paul O'Dette), Capella Brugensis (Patrick Peire), New Zealand Chamber Orchestra (Brian Law), Ottawa's Thirteen Strings (Jean François Rivest), Israel Camerata, Aradia Ensemble, Hessischer Rundfunk, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Calgary Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Quebec Symphony and Oregon Symphony.

He has also appeared as soloist at the Vancouver, Boston, Bruges, Ambronay, Regensburg, Stift Melk, Utrecht and Lamèque Early Music Festivals. A recipent of a major Canada Council Grant for emerging artists and an Adams Vocal Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival, Matthew is the administrative and programming director for Montreal's Les Voix Baroques.  

Both a Grammy and Juno Award nominee, he has over 30 recordings to his name for labels including Analekta, Atma, Channel Classics, CBC records, CPO, ASV, BIS, Naxos, Glossa, and Harmonia Mundi. His 2004 recording entitled Elegia  won the Cannes Classical Music Award at MIDEM for best new solo early music recording. Recently released recordings include two sets of Bach Cantatas with Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent/Harmonia Mundi, the B- minor Mass with Netherlands Bach Society/Channel Classics, Vivaldi Gloria with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra/CBC records and Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri with Les Voix humaines and Les Voix Baroques for Atma Classique.

Recent projects include Dardano in Handel's Amadigi di Gaula and Messiah with Boston Baroque, Messiah with Toronto Symphony, a tour/recording of Bach's St.Matthew Passion with the Netherlands Bach Society, Handel's Israel in Egypt with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Steffani's Niobe with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and numerous concerts across North and South America with Les Voix Baroques. 

Skye Consort & Matthew White – Primroses (audio only).

Alex Kehler, violin. Amanda Keesmaat, cello.
Seán Dagher, cittern. Andrew Horton, bass
Seán Dagher's arrangement.

 

October 2010

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