Countertenor Matthew Paine has most recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London, for an MA in vocal performance. Before studying in London, Matthew pursued a freelance career in Bristol and the South West collaborating with many artists and ensembles including War Horse director Tom Morris for performances of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Handel’s Messiah at the Bristol Old Vic. He is currently studying with critically acclaimed singers Lawrence Zazzo, English lyric tenor Ian Partridge, and dramatic coloratura soprano Penelope Randall-Davis.
Previous operatic engagements include Oberon/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sorcerer/Dido & Aeneas, Athamas/Semele, title role/Rinaldo, title role/Sosarme, and Endimione/La Calisto. As a concert soloist Matthew has performed in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, Durufle’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus. Matthew has had the pleasure of working with the English Concert under the direction of Harry Bickett and Robert Howarth, the Academy’s Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series led by Iain Ledingham & Ton Koopman and the Southbank Sinfonia with Simon Over.