Matthew Brook is one of the country's leading and most experienced Bass-Baritones.
Matthew has developed a world-wide reputation for his interpretation of the music of JS Bach and Handel, but his musical tastes stretch way beyond this period of music, often performing new compositions at major festivals and concert halls, and has performed on the operatic stages of Europe singing Weber, Mozart, Bizet, Chabrier, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mussorgsky, Pergolesi, Bernstein and Monteverdi.
Worldwide performances as a soloist and career highlights include working with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Richard Hickox, and orchestras such as the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew has performed at many of Europe's top festivals, including The Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms.
He has a long list of appearances in recordings of Bach and Handel, including the St Matthew and St John Passions and B Minor Mass for Linn records, many Bach Cantatas, and he recorded the Weinacht’s Oratorium with Stephen Layton and Hyperion. His other recordings of Handel include the Gramophone Award winning Messiah for Linn, a highly acclaimed Polyphemus from Acis and Galatea, Haman from Esther, and, for Virgins Classics Il Re from Ariodante with Joyce di Donato in the title role. This year saw the release a recording of Jephtha with Harry Christophers on the Coro lable.
His DVD recording of the Matthew Passion with John Nelson from the St Denis Festival was released last year and the new Linn Records Mozart Requiem with John Butt has just received a Gramophone award, and was nominated for a Grammy award. Other recordings recently released are Haydn's Creation with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston on the Coro lable with Harry Christophers, Anacreon by Rameau with the OAE, on the Signum Lable and the Matthew Passion with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and Peter Seymour, also on the Signum lable, and more Bach with the Bach Players, on their Hyphen Press lable.
This season he was busy with operatic productions of Ulisse (Nettuno) and Orfeo (Caronte), Monteverdi, (Boston Early Music Festival), The role of Rangoni in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with Martyn Brabbins and Sir John Tomlinson, at the St Endellion Festival, In Switzerland, with Gli Angeli and Stephan MacCleod he sang the role of Uberto in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrone. He also sang Adonis in Blow's Venus and Adonis at the Utrecht Early Music Festival. Future plans include Imeneo for the Goettingen Festival 2016 and Ariodante in the US and Germany 2017. Also, Semele in Boston 2017.