British bass Matthew Rose will begin performances at Opera Philadelphia this week as Bottom in Robert Carsen’s much-loved production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a role Matthew has performed many times to great critical acclaim, and a welcome return to Opera Philadelphia for him, whose relationship with the company began when he studied for five years at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
“The star of the show, however, was undoubtedly Matthew Rose, whose sweet bully Bottom is the most gently touching and drily funny I have ever seen. His diction and comic timing are both impeccable, and he never overdoes it for a second. What an artist he has become.” Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 10 June 2017
Ahead of performances as Bottom at the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival, Matthew spoke to The Times about his experience with the role, saying:
“He’s the kind of person who wants to make everything wonderful. I think he knows he’s not the greatest actor in the world. He just has such enthusiasm for everything he does.”
Matthew is joined by an all-star cast of singers, including Tim Mead as Oberon and Anna Christy as Tytania. Performances begin on 8 February, running through to 17 February. Find out more here.
Matthew’s career continues to go from strength to strength. His 18/19 season began with the announcement of his appointment as Artistic Consultant to the Lindemann Young Artists Program, followed immediately by appearances at the Metropolitan Opera as Colline La bohème and and Ashby La fanciulla del West. Further ahead this season Matthew will sing Mozart Requiem with Manfred Honeck and the New York Philharmonic, give a recital at the Wigmore Hall with pianist Tom Poster, and return to the Royal Opera House as Pimen Boris Godunov.