Career and Credits
Matthew Waldren spent ten years working as an opera singer before he began work as a conductor. He now has a swiftly-growing reputation as an interpreter of the genre.
2014 has seen Matthew conduct the critically-acclaimed production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park. He was engaged as conductor of the revival of Will Todd's Alice's Adventures of Wonderland, conducted the studio recording of the piece (release dates tba) and acted as Music Consultant for a primary school workshop of the opera. Matthew has also been busy conducting opera galas at venues such as the Museum of London, participated in the Luigi Mancinelli Opera Conductors' Competiton, and was consultant and vocal coach for a production of Miss Saigon at Wellington College.
2013 credits included critically-acclaimed performances of Les Pecheurs de Perles, and performances of the world premiere run of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, both for Opera Holland Park.
Matthew conducted the world premiere of Brian Hosefros's contemporary Russian fable Strekosa i Muravej for the Tete a Tete festival, with further performances planned in 2013 at the Arcola theatre as part of the Grimeborn festival and at the Russian Embassy.
In May 2013, Matthew was delighted to conduct the Chelsea Flower Show Centenerary Concert.
In 2012 Matthew was music director of the inaugral Christine Collins Young Artist Programme at Opera Holland Park, conducting Gianni Schicchi. As Associate Conductor he conducted further performances of Schicchi and Mascagni's rarity Zanetto. He was also conductor for the Festival's acclaimed family opera Fantastic Mr Fox.
Earlier in 2012, Matthew assisted Sir Mark Elder with the Halle Orchestra (Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand).
Previous engagements for the Opera Holland Park include Rigoletto and Fantastic Mr Fox.
For the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company he has conducted Yeomen of the Guard.
For Royal Opera House Education he conducted excerpts from Carmen.
Matthew's conducting has also taken him to many eclectic festivals such as the Watercity Festival, Harvest Festival, and even Camp Bestival.
Matthew works regularly with the City of London Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players and the National Festival Orchestra.