Matthew Long, tenor
Matthew sang extensively as a professional boy treble and work included the role of Miles in Benjamin Britten’s opera, The Turn of the Screw, for companies in Rome, Bologna and Turin.
Matthew studied music at the University of York and sang as a choral scholar in the Choir of York Minster. Since moving to London in 2006, Matthew has maintained a busy touring and recording schedule. Whilst based in London he has been a member of the successful solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini and also of the celebrated chamber choirs The Sixteen and Tenebrae. Work with these groups and others has included various programmes at most of the major concert venues throughout the UK and Europe as well as for festivals in Bermuda, Israel, Libya, Japan, the US, Australia, and China. As a session singer, Matthew has appeared on many commercial projects including the Harry Potter films.
He worked with Sting during his John Dowland lute song project and sang at the Classical Brits 2007 when the recording was up for an award. In 2011, Matthew worked with Adrian Utley and Will Gregory of the bands Portishead and Goldfrapp on showings of the 1928 film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, singing a live music score composed for the film. In September 2011, Matthew won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, London where he undertook a Master of Performance course in vocal performance. He was also a 2011/12 Susan Chilcott Scholarship holder and Royal Philharmonic Society young artist.
Career highlights have included making his operatic debut as a tenor in November 2008 at The Sage, Gateshead playing the lead role of Michael in a new opera, Skellig, by American composer Tod Machover. In February 2011 he worked at Dijon Opera in a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He sang the role of Jupiter in Handel’s Semele in June 2012 for the first ever performance of a Handel opera in Kuwait with the Ahmadi Music Group. On the concert stage, Matthew has sung much of the regularly performed classical oratorio repertoire for choral societies throughout the UK. He made his debut singing the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Kristiansund, Norway in November 2011. In July 2012, Matthew made his Wigmore Hall debut as a soloist singing Tancredi in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda for Harry Bicket with The English Concert.
Matthew has recently completed recording his debut solo disc of British music. He was privileged to work at Abbey Road with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the accompanist Malcolm Martineau, and guitarist Rufus Miller on this recording which comprises folk songs of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales alongside English song repertoire by Finzi, Quilter, Butterworth, and Vaughan Williams.