“Better still were the virtuoso Mozart arias delivered with incandescent verve by the soprano Sally Matthews...”
Sally Matthews was the winner of the 1999 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She studied with Cynthia Jolly and Johanna Peters and completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2000. She was a member of The Royal Opera, Covent Garden Young Artists Programme from 2001 to 2003 and was part of the BBC New Generation Artists.
In 2001 she made her Royal Opera debut as Nannetta Falstaff with Bernard Haitink. Since then, roles at Covent Garden have included Pamina Die Zauberflöte; Fiordiligi Così fan tutte; Sifare Mitridate; Anne Truelove The Rake’s Progress and Blanche in Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmélites.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Fiordiligi Così fan tutte; Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmélites; Title role Janacek Jenufa – Bayerische Staatsoper
- Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmélites; Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress; Fiordiligi – Royal Opera, Covent Garden
- Strauss Daphne; Countess Strauss Capriccio; Janacek Jenufa – La Monnaie, Brussels
- Berg Seven Early Songs – Robin Ticciati; Schumann Paradies und die Peri – Sir Simon Rattle – Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Strauss Vier letzte Lieder – Sir Colin Davis; Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi – Daniel Harding; Mahler Symphonies No 2 & 4 – Michael Tilson-Thomas – London Symphony Orchestra
- Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Fiordiligi; Countess – Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Sally made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2016 singing Silvia in the world première of Ades The Exterminating Angel, a role she will repeat in her debut at the Metropolitan Opera and at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Other engagements this season and beyond include the title role in Janacek Jenufa with Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; Madeleine Capriccio at La Monnaie, Brussels; her LA Opera debut as Kostanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Brahms Requiem with the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne and François-Xavier Roth; Bruckner Te Deum with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink; Turnage Hibiki at the BBC Proms 2017; Elisabeth Don Carlos for Opera de Lyon and Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.
She regularly sings with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic, with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Antonio Pappano, Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding and Robin Ticciati and Valery Gergiev. Her repertoire includes Mahler Symphonies No.2, 4 and 8, Strauss Vier letzte Lieder, Schumann Paradies und die Peri, Brahms Requiem, Haydn Creation and The Seasons, Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi, Mendelssohn Lobgesang and Berg Seven Early Songs.
Sally has also appeared at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (Cavalli La Calisto, title role Unsuk Chin Alice in Wonderland, Blanche and Fiordiligi); Dutch National Opera (Fiordiligi, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, the title role in Handel Deidamia, Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmélites and Donna Anna Don Giovanni); Theater an der Wien (Governess The Turn of the Screw and Blanche) and La Monnaie (Jenufa, Daphne and Anne Truelove). She made her Vienna Staatsoper debut as Donna Anna Don Giovanni and recently has sung Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Countess Le nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Sally has given recitals with Simon Lepper at La Monnaie, Brussels, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall, where she has also appeared with the Nash Ensemble.