Known for his charismatic portrayals, Bass, MATTHEW LAU is among the most versatile performers on the American opera circuit today. Career highlights include recent New York City opera premiers of Teatro Gratacielo’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, Atlanta, Tulsa, Nashville, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Portland, Hawaii and Anchorage Operas. He has also enjoyed extensive collaborations with Sarasota Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
Favorite roles include 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, Osmin in Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail, Basilio and Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Don Pasquale, Banquo in Macbeth, Oroveso in Norma, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Méphistophélès in Faust.
While continuing his professional singing career, Matthew Lau has joined the faculty at Simpson College.
On recording Mr. Lau can be heard on the grammy winning NAXOS recording of Elmer Gantry as Rev. Baines, in The Truth About Windmills singing the part of Lawson with Vox Records.
Recent engagements include Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, and the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, all with The Pensacola Opera. Opera Theatre of St. Louis featured Mr. Lau as Henry Moser in Emmeline in 2015, and as Uncle Albert in the American premier of Philip Glass’ The Trial in 2017. 2018 will begin with a return to Cedar Rapids Opera as the Mandarin in Turandot.
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