Matthew Best

Professor of Singing

MA (Hons)

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Matthew Best is one of the most well-known and versatile musicians working in the UK.   An opera singer for over 35 years with a distinguished reputation worldwide, he has also worked extensively as a choral and orchestral conductor across the UK and Europe.  He studied at King’s College, Cambridge and at the National Opera Studio and his teachers have included Otakar Kraus, Robert Lloyd and Patrick McGuigan.  In 1981 he was awarded the Decca-Kathleen Ferrier Prize.

Matthew has appeared regularly for Royal Opera, ENO, WNO, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Glyndebourne, also for Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre du Châtelet, Oper Leipzig, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Netherlands Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Santa Fé Opera and Florida Grand Opera. He has worked as soloist in over eighty European cities, in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, and in New York, Miami, St Louis and Los Angeles.  Matthew’s repertoire has included over 100 bass and baritone roles.  Chief amongst these have been Wotan, Dutchman, Marke, Amfortas, Kurwenal, Heinrich, Scarpia, Jochanaan and Commendatore.  He has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Gergiev, Muti, Haitink, Davis, Mehta, Elder, Pappano, Nelsons, Salonen, Mackerras, Marriner, Runnicles and Gardiner.

Matthew Best is equally well known as a conductor specialising in choral and orchestral music.  Founder of Corydon Singers and Orchestra, he has made over thirty highly-regarded recordings for the Hyperion label. He has conducted at festivals throughout the UK and Europe, at the BBC Proms, RFH and QEH, and as guest conductor with, amongst others, ECO, Hanover Band, LMP, Northern Sinfonia, CLS, RLPO, Manchester Camerata and BBC NOW.