Matthew Waldren, Conductor
Matthew was born in Geneva‚ and studied at the Royal College of Music in London‚ before reading music at Cambridge University and later studying as a post-graduate at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After a 10-year career as an opera singer‚ he is swiftly gaining a reputation as a dynamic young conductor. Particularly at home conducting opera‚ he has been described as “a talent to watch”.
Most recent and upcoming engagements include Lakmé and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park‚ where he has also conducted critically-acclaimed performances of Les Pêcheurs de Perles‚ Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Gianni Schicchi‚ Zanetto‚ Rigoletto‚ and Fantastic Mr Fox. In 2012 he was appointed Music Director of the inaugural Christine Collins Young Artist Scheme at OHP. Further engagements include La Traviata(Opera Lyrica)‚ Peter Grimes (Co-Opera-Co.)‚The Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company‚ National Festival Orchestra)‚ the World Premiere of Strekosa I Muravej which is currently shortlisted in the Flourish Opera Competition (Tête a Tête and Grimeborn festivals)‚ conducting workshops for English National Ballet and working on Carmen with the Royal Opera House Community Chorus.
During his conducting training he was invited to observe conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Mark Elder. Matthew was appointed Chorus Master at Opera Holland Park between 2009 and 2011‚ working on operas including La Bohême‚ Orpheus in the Underworld‚ Pelléas et Melisande‚ Carmen‚ Fidelio‚ Don Giovanni‚ Francesca da Rimini‚ La Forza del Destino‚ L’Amico Fritz‚ Le Nozze di Figaro and Rigoletto. He has worked as a cover conductor for John Owen Edwards‚ Stuart Stratford and Manlio Benzi‚ and worked alongside Sir Mark Elder on Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand with the Hallé orchestra and Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House.
He regularly conducts opera galas and his work has taken him to eclectic festivals including Watercity‚ Camp Bestival and Harvest. Matthew works regularly with the London Mozart Players and the City of London Sinfonia.