Matthew Durkan

Baritone

As a Harewood Artist at the English National Opera (2015-20), Matthew gave over 100 performances for the company, including Demetrius/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Schaunard/La bohème, Fiorello/The Barber of Seville, Dancairo/Carmen, Marullo/Rigoletto, Yamadori/Madama Butterfly, Hel Helson/Paul Bunyan, Polythemus/Acis and Galatea, Ormonte/Partenope, Counsel/Trial by Jury and Malcolm Fleet in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie.

Elsewhere he has sung Belcore/L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne on Tour and Iford Arts Festival; Masetto/Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie, in Versailles and for Longborough Festival Opera; Demetrius for L’Opéra Comédie de Montpellier; the role of Captain in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, and Melisso/Alcina and Elviro/Serse for Longborough Festival Opera.

Matthew’s recent appearances have included Marcello/La bohème for English National Opera, Don Giovanni on tour with Diva Opera, and his debut with the Royal Opera as the Third Noblemen of Brabant in Lohengrin. He returns to the Royal Opera in 2023 as Flemish Deputy/ Don Carlo.

Matthew previously studied at the Wales International Academy of Voice, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the National Opera Studio.


Previously for Longborough: Masetto, title role (cover)/Don Giovanni (2019), Melisso/Alcina (2016), Elviro/Xerxes (2015)