Met return and CD release for Matthew Rose.
2013 began spectacularly for bass Matthew Rose who saw the New Year in on stage at the Metropolitan Opera, literally ! The Met’s new production of Maria Stuarda staring Joyce DiDonato in the title role and with Matthew making his role debut as Talbot opened in New York to rave reviews on New Year’s Eve.
Martin Bernheimer, reviewing the performance in the Financial Times, commented that “Matthew Rose exudes basso dignity as Talbot” and Anthony Tommasini, writing in the New York Times, said “Matthew Rose brings a robust bass voice and dignified presence to the role of George Talbot”. It is the first of many bel canto roles for Matthew who, in coming seasons, will add Raimondo in Lucia de Lammermoor, Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena and Callistene in Poliuto to his repertoire. He will also sing Talbot again next season when Maria Stuarda will be seen in London at the Royal Opera.
January – rather appropriately – also sees the release of Matthew’s new studio recording of Schubert’s Winterreise on Stone Records. The disc was recorded last year at Snape Maltings after a number of live performances given with the pianist Gary Matthewman. Matthew, whose performance as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Opera DVD, will launch this latest recording with a performance given between his Met appearances on 20 January at his Alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The recording is available to buy from Stone Record’s website.
For those wanting a taster the first song, Gute Nacht, can be heard here.