Biography
Bass-baritone

Matthew Stiff studied music at the University of Huddersfield where he received a BMus and MA in performance. He went on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he took the Postgraduate Diploma in vocal training and then the Opera Course from which he graduated with distinction in 2011. He has received scholarships from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Maidment Scholarship administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and Wingate Scholarship Foundation. He studies with John Evans.

Operatic performances include Leporello DON GIOVANNI, Colline LA BOHEME, Sacristan TOSCA and Pietro L’ASSEDIO DI CALAIS for English Touring Opera, Prince Gremin EUGENE ONEGIN, Doctor Grenvil LA TRAVIATA, Hobson PETER GRIMES, Lord Walton I PURITANI and Marquis de la Force DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES for Grange Park Opera, Man LAST ONE OUT for Scottish Opera, The Writer FOUR WHITE WALLS AND CHORUS for Opera North, Snug A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan, Polyphemus ACIS AND GALETEA for Mid Wales Opera, Kecal THE BARTERED BRIDE, title role LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Charon EURIDICE for British Youth Opera, Ashby LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST and Dulcamara L’ELISIR D’AMORE for Opera Up-Close, King Balthazar AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS for Iford Arts, Trofonio in Salieri’s LA GROTTA DI TROFONIO for Bampton Classical Opera, Don Magnifico LA CENERENTOLA for Clonter Opera, Marchese d’Obigny LA TRAVIATA for Chelsea Opera Group, Antonio LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Music Cordiale Festival, Guard in the world premiere of Howard Moody’s PUSH for Glyndebourne at Battle Festival, King Rene IOLANTHA, Jailer DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, Togno SPINALBA, Superintendant Budd ALBERT HERRING and Pietro de Visantis L’ASSEDIO DI CALAIS for Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and covering Masetto DON GIOVANNI and Theatre Director / Bank Director LULU for English National Opera, Garibaldo RODELINDA and Don Magnifico for Scottish Opera, Sir Giorgio I PURITANI and Judge Turpin for Welsh National Opera, and Surin QUEEN OF SPADES for Grange Park Opera

Concert performances include Handel MESSIAH and Mozart REQUIEM at St Martin in the Fields, Haydn NELSON MASS and Beethoven 9th SYMPHONY at St Paul’s Hall and Karl Jenkins ARMED MAN at St. Albans Cathedral.

Engagements in 2017 include Sacristan TOSCA and cover Colonel Calverley PATIENCE for English Touring Opera and Samuel UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at West Green House. Further performances include his debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.