Matthew Lau

Known for his charismatic portrayals, Bass, MATTHEW LAU is among the most versatile performers on the American opera circuit today.  Career highlights include New York City  premiers of Umberto Giordano’s La Cena delle Beffe, Robert Ward’s Claudia Legare, and Arnold Schönberg’s Moses und Aron.   His career has taken him to the opera companies of Seattle, Minnesota, Arizona, Sarasota, and Atlanta.  Continued collaborations have been with the operas of Tulsa, Nashville, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Portland, Hawaii and Anchorage Operas. He has also appeared extensively with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Among his favorite roles are Sulpice in La Fille du Régiment, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Padre Guardiano in La Forza del Destino, Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri, and Osmin in Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail.  Additional favorites are Basilio and Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Don Pasquale,  Oroveso in Norma, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Méphistophélès in Faust.

While continuing his career in opera, Mr Lau has recently joined the faculty at Simpson College as an assistant professor.

On recording Mr. Lau can be heard on the grammy winning NAXOS world premier recording of Elmer Gantry as Rev. Baines, and as Lawson in The Truth About Windmills recorded on Vox Records. 

Recent engagements include Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Florentine Opera, followed by Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with Pensacola Opera and The Green Mountain Festival in 2014.  Upcoming appearances will be with The Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Henry Mosher in Emmeline followed by productions of La Traviata in Cedar Rapids, and The Merry Widow in Pensacola.