The 2012/13 season is one of ‘firsts’ for rising star, bass Matthew Rose. His season began with a return to the Metropolitan Opera where he sang his first Talbot in David McVicar’s acclaimed new production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. This was swiftly followed by another significant role debut, that of Sarastro, which he sang for the first time in a much praised revival of the same director’s production of Die Zauberflöteat Covent Garden. Next on the list for Matthew is another great Mozart role – Osmin in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail – which he sings in June and July in a new production at Garsington Opera. If that weren’t enough for a single season, Matthew rounds off his jam-packed year by singing his first Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth in community outreach performances at the Blackheath Concert Halls – a project very close to his heart.
Next season Matthew is much more familiar ground as he reprises a number of his signature roles. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Bottom for example, the role in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which first launched him on the international scene at the 2006 Glyndebourne Festival and which he has sung since at Govent Garden, La Scala, Houston and Lyon. He also reprises Leporello, a role he has already sung with great success in Santa Fe and at the Glyndebourne Festival, for his debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and he returns to Covent Garden for Talbot, the role with which garnered him such rave reviews at the start of the current season. In addition to such staple fare, he still manages to squeeze a few new roles into his schedule next season singing his first Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena for the Opera de Bordeaux and his first Timur at Covent Garden ! For those wanting to catch Matthew as Osmin, the latest of this versatile artist’s many incarnations, performances at Garsington Opera are on 07, 09, 15, 19, 22, 25 June and 01, 06 July.