British baritone Matthew Palmer is currently in his second year of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying under Robert Dean. He has sung live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and made his European debut as Guglielmo Così fan tutte at the Brigitta Festival, Estonia in 2016.
Between graduating from the masters course in 2016 and returning to the school in 2018, Matthew worked for Opera North, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Glyndebourne Education and sang Marcello La Bohème in the Olivier Award nominated production at Trafalgar Studios, London.
Other highlights during that time include baritone soloist for Opera North Children’s Choir; Ned Keene Peter Grimes (Dartington Festival) under Sian Edwards; Fiorello and cover Figaro The Barber of Seville (Iford Arts and Charles Court Opera); Captain Corcoran HMS Pinafore (Charles Court Opera); The Mikado & Pish-Tush The Mikado (Charles Court Opera); Guglielmo Così fan tutte (Devon Opera); Escamillo Carmen (Heritage Opera); Conte Robinson Il Matrimonio Segreto (Pop-Up Opera); Mr Ford Merry Wives of Windsor (Duchy Opera).
At the Guildhall Matthew has sung Perrucchetto La fedeltà premiata; Starveling A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Adonis Venus and Adonis; and Joseph Grace (première), as part of Guildhall Opera Makers. He will sing Observer 4 The Age of Esmeralda, a world première by Lliam Paterson in association with Scottish Opera. He is very grateful for the support of The Wax Chandlers and the H R Taylor Trust for their generous support of his studies.
On completing the course Matthew will be joining Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist, where he will cover La Rocca Un giorno di Regno as well as sing in the chorus for Fidelio, Un giorno di Regno and Rusalka. He also looks forward to continuing his association with the Opera Dots programme at the Royal Opera House, where he is an Emerging Artist workshop leader for immersive opera workshops and will also sing his first Carmina Burana as the baritone soloist for Leicester Music Festival.