He has a well-rounded and focused baritone, with an attractive incisive tone, and he convinced as the elder man in an impossible situation.

Classical Source

Matthew Sprange ~ baritone

Matthew completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010, having taken MMus and MMP degrees at the school, studying with John Evans with whom he continues to have lessons. He began his vocal training with Wynford Evans whilst at Royal Holloway, University of London where he took BMus and MMus degrees (specialising in composition).

Operatic engagements have included Ford (Falstaff) for Opera Project, Marcello (La Bohème) for Lyric Opera Productions Dublin, Vignette Productions & Charles Court Opera; Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) for Diva Opera; for English Touring Opera Pietro (Simon Boccanegra) & covering Eustachio (Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais) in 2013 & in 2014 he performed Cross Crosshaulsen in their Olivier Award winning production of Paul Bunyan. For Welsh National Opera he has covered the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro & Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte); for Mid Wales Opera he performed Sid (Albert Herring) & Yamadori (Madam Butterfly). He has also covered Germont Père (La traviata) for the Iford Festival.

Student roles included Schaunard (La Bohème) for British Youth Opera and Sid (Albert Herring); Eustachio (Donizetti L’assedio di Calais); Mill (Rossini La Cambiale di Matrimonio) and Le Baron (Massenet Chérubin) at GSMD. Other engagements whilst studying included Commissario (La Traviata) & Le Chasseur (Guillame Tell) for Chelsea Opera Group at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; the title role in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Brava on a country-wide tour over the summer of 2009 and covering the roles of Mr. Gedge (Albert Herring) and Minskman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight for British Youth Opera in the summers of 2007 and 2008.

Oratorio engagements have included Handel’s Solomon at Eton College with Dame Emma Kirkby; Haydn’s Creation in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle as part of the Windsor Festival; Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Messiah; Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria in venues including The Royal Festival Hall, The Cadogan Hall, Worcester Cathedral and St. James’ Church, Piccadilly. He made his solo Barbican debut in a performance of Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals in a concert conducted by Bob Chilcott and featuring the BBC Singers.

On the recital platform, Matthew sang at the National Concert Hall, Dublin as part of the bicentenary celebrations for the Irish composer William Wallace; he gave two concerts at the Henley Festival in 2010 and performed Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the City of London Festival in the same year. He has also given recitals at Christchurch Spitalfields and the Ryedale Festival, and the John Ireland Festival at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square. He won second prize in the inaugural Chelsea Schubert Festival Song Prize and whilst at GSMD, performed Barber’s Dover Beach at the Barbican Centre with the Idomeneo Quartet.

Future engagements include covering the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth for the Iford Festival and Marullo in Rigoletto for Opera Project.

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