Matthew Brook


"Matthew Brook, who turns anything he sings to gold"

Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian

"Mathew Brook was outstanding. His firm, well-focused voice was ideally suited to the music and his diction was impeccable."

John Quinn, Seen and Heard International

"Matthew Brook’s arias were rare gems of poignant phrasing rested in dramatic accuracy"

Australian Stage

"The monster Polypheme in a monstrously satisfying performance by Matthew Brook: one of the most compelling giants on disc"

BBC Radio 3 CD Review

"Matthew Brook’s virile bass is outstanding"

The Times

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Matthew Brook leapt to fame with his 2007 Gramophone Award-winning recording of Handel’s Messiah with the Dunedin Consort, followed by equally critically acclaimed recordings of Acis and Galatea and St Matthew Passion. He has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe, Australia, North and South America and the Far East, and has worked with many of the world's leading conductors. He is now considered one of the finest singers of his generation.

Recent and future highlights include the role of Aeneas in the world premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s Dido’s Ghost co-commissioned by the Dunedin Consort, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas with the Handel and Haydn Society, Bach’s St John Passion with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Il Re di Scozia Ariodante with the Staatstheater Stuttgart, and on tour with The English Concert, Argante Rinaldo with Ópera de Oviedo, Claudio Agrippina at Teatro de la Maestranza, Handel’s Messiah with Les Violons du Roy in Québec and the Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, a tour of Bach cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and with Early Music Vancouver, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at Festival St Denis, and the roles of Herod and Father in Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis.

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Wallen Dido’s Ghost (Aeneas), Dunedin Consort

Barbican (June 2021)

Dido's Ghost will certainly be welcomed by all singers who have craved the limelight denied to them in the under-characterised original role of Aeneas. Written here for the compelling bass-baritone Matthew Brook, the part is fleshed out to the extent that he even gets the celebrated Lament.

John Allison, The Telegraph

Aeneas himself, Dido-obsessed, clearly needs a psychiatrist, but at least the character finds some succour singing Purcell’s heart-aching setting of Dido’s lament, “When I am laid in earth”. As movingly rendered by Matthew Brook, this was the evening’s peak: the one point where the audience’s emotional involvement could be guaranteed.

Geoff Brown, The Times

…the emotional shell of Aeneas, superbly portrayed and sung by the bass baritone Matthew Brook.

Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian****

But it’s Matthew Brook’s Aeneas who carries the piece. The feckless charmer of Purcell’s origin here becomes wiser and sadder – finally a man worthy of the Lament, which he delivers with heart-stopping vulnerability and tenderness. “Remember me,” he sings. And we will.

Alexandra Coghlan, iNews

…the focus was on Matthew Brook’s Aeneas, his firm baritone successfully setting the path for Rome’s foundation but now completely haunted by regret of a lost love and the shame of his behaviour… Phrases from Dido’s Lament were scattered, but in the end it was Aeneas who got the aria, sung movingly as a broken man, a touch of falsetto here and there, Dido’s ghost and Anna both gone… While it was intriguing to see a Baroque band embracing modern styles, it was the intense commitment of the singers which made this dramatic work so compelling.

David Smythe, Bachtrack****

…there are memorable performances from the strong central cast, with standouts from … Matthew Brook’s conflicted Aeneas”

George Hall, The Stage

CD: Purcell Odes, The King’s Consort, VIVAT121

(February 2021)

King has assembled another crack team of singers… the rampant testosterone of the duet ‘Her hero to whose conduct’ by [Edward] Grint and Matthew Brook”


In ‘Welcome Glorious Morn’ we reach a higher musical level. Both Carolyn Sampson and Matthew Brook suavely maintain their lines against the ingenious but busy aria accompaniments…

BBC Music Magazine

​ Handel Agrippina (Claudio), Teatro de La Maestranza

(February 2020)

In addition, among vocal soloists, there is a barrage of specialists in the repertoire such as …Matthew Brook

Ismael G. Cabral, Ópera Actual

Handel Samson (Manoah), Dunedin Consort, [Linn CKD 599]

(October 2019)

As Samson’s father Manoah, Matthew Brook field a ripe yet agile bass. His Chastened tenderness in ‘How willing my paternal love’ is profoundly moving.

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

The intention of this style of oratorio was a moral one, there was a story to tell, a point to make and words are essential. But Brook seems to have the gift in spades, and his way of combining text and music is masterly and makes even his recitatives powerfully expressive tools. Yet he can also bring a virile swagger to the music when needed as well!

Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

The two basses also look good, and we find with great pleasure Matthew Brook, moving Manoa whose singer perfectly translates kindness and nobility. His air "How willing my paternal love" will be among the highlights of this recording.

Pierre Degott, ResMusica

​ Mendelssohn’s Elijah, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall Birmingham (November 2019)

Matthew Brook’s imposing delivery of this short solo suggested that he would be a prophet to be reckoned with, and so it proved. Though there wasn’t anything approaching a weak link in this performance, Brook’s assumption of the title role was outstanding... Brook was full of fiery righteousness in his denunciation of King Ahab and then he dared the followers of Baal to summon up their false god. His rendition of ‘Lord God of Abraham’, sung with seamless line and ample reserves of tone, was a highlight of the evening, but within a few minutes Brook was able effortlessly to change the mood again for a thrilling account of ‘Is not his word like a fire?’ which was marvellously articulated at the blistering pace set by Kazuki Yamada. In Part II we heard an outstanding rendition of ‘It is enough’ … Brook made this into a dignified, lyrical envoi, setting the seal on his memorable performance.

John Quinn, Seen and Heard International

Bach St Matthew Passion, Dunedin Consort

Boston Early Music Festival (June 2019)

Bass Matthew Brook was a regal and eloquent Jesus.

Zoë Madonna, Boston Globe

Outstanding among all eight champions of heroic endurance: Matthew Brook brought the world-weary ember warmth and occasional gravelly gravity of a Verdian father role to Jesus’s utterances and bass solos including “Komm, süßes Kreuz” and “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein.”

CJ Ru, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Bach B Minor Mass, Les Violons du Roy, Le Palais Montcalm / Carnegie Hall / Maison Symphonique de Montréal

(May 2019)

The favourite is however the bass Matthew Brook … A born musician, the singer uses his voice with intelligence and aplomb, sometimes in dialogue with the horn, sometimes with the flute, and skillfully lightening his voice in the high notes when necessary.

Emmanuel Bernier, Bachtrack*****

Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ (Herod/Father), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra [Chandos CHSA5228]

(February 2019)

All soloists are excellent…Matthew Brook brings just that touch of extra warmth to the role.

Roger Nicholas, BBC Music Magazine*****

Matthew Brook tellingly communicates both the psychological turmoil of Herod and the tenderness of the Ishmaelite.

Tony Way, Limelight Magazine****

Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ (Herod/Father), BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales

Hoddinott Hall (February 2019)

Matthew Brook appeared to embrace the work as opera. He inhabited his dual roles as a malevolent and paranoid Herod and later as a compassionate Ishmaelite father with evident conviction, enjoying his characterisations and seemingly transforming the platform into a stage. His rich baritone wrapped itself with growing torment around his Part 1 soliloquy, and was sung so mellifluously he almost drew our sympathy. Whilst there wasn’t quite enough menace or projection in his lower register, there was enough cutting-edge timbre above and detailed expression to bring off a persuasive performance that seared itself onto the memory.

David Truslove, Opera Today

…three of the soloists featured here had already given the work in Melbourne with Sir Andrew Davis, and the confidence of the singing was indeed exceptional. …Matthew Brook was also superb doubling as the dream-haunted Herod and the welcoming Ishmaelite father… Herod is of course the only character in the story with any opportunity for real operatic passion, and Brook rose to his moments with a real sense of rage.

Paul Corfield Godfrey, Seen and Heard International

Bach Christmas Oratorio, The Choir of Trinity College, Handel Messiah, Polyphony

St John’s Smith Square (December 2018)

Matthew Brook … sang ‘Grosser Herr’ enthusiastically and gave a solid performance of ‘The trumpet shall sound’.

Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH

Bach St John Passion (Jesus), St Paul Chamber Orchestra

Cathedral of Saint Paul & Ordway Concert Hall (November 2018)

As Jesus, bass Matthew Brook brought gravitas and dignity, with sonorous tone and immaculately clear diction. Brook's confrontation with the Pontius Pilate of baritone William Berger compelled attention, the two glaring at each other from opposite ends of the Ordway platform in mutual suspicion.

Terry Blain, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Matthew Brook brought a booming bass voice to Jesus that most impressed when he gently soared to the top of his register as death approached.

Rob Hubbard,

Handel The Triumph of Time and Truth, Instruments of Time & Truth

King’s Place (October 2018)

All the soloists gave their best, and more – but a special shout goes to Matthew Brook, another luminous star of the Baroque repertoire, as a droll and roguish Time. He went the extra mile or ten to inject proper human drama into the clockwork motion of the allegory.

Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk****

The English Vocal Revolution, Theatre of the Ayre

York Early Music Festival (July 2018)

Brook conjured a roisterous Falstaffian image in 'Tis Late and Cold, Stoke Up The Fire’.

Martin Dreyer, The York Press

Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ (Herod/Father), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

(June 2018)

Bass Matthew Brook also does excellent work in his two contrasting roles; firstly conveying the psychological tumult of King Herod, and by contrast, evincing the warmth and welcome of the Ishmaelite paterfamilias.

Tony Way, Limelight Magazine

Matthew Brook’s bass doubled for a psychologically frantic Herod and later, as the Family Father’s benevolent voice of charity for the holy trio of escapees.

Clive O’Connell, The Sydney Morning Herald****

Purcell Fairy Queen, Handel and Haydn Society

NEC Jordan Hall, Boston (April 2018)

Brook was a high point of last year’s “Semele,” and he brought the same powerful, expressive voice and lusty comic relief to this production.

Zoë Madonna, Boston Globe

Bach St Matthew Passion, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Royal Festival Hall (March 2018)

Matthew Brook’s bass was one of the outstanding voices of the evening. His characterisation of Pilate moved between outraged condescension and guilt, and his recitatives were delivered with lucidity and force. “Gerne will Ich mich bequemen” had a dark core that tapped the seam of northern European melancholy which pierces the heart of the Matthew Passion. Some of the most intense emotional ratcheting came in “Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder”, where Brook prowled, wounded, bristling at the violin obbligato – delivered by OAE violinist Michael Gurevich, who lead orchestra two – whose searing lyricism channeled all the guilt and fury of Picander’s text: “Give, O Give me back my Lord,/ See the silver, price of blood, / At your feet in horror pour’d. / By the lost betrayer.”

Benjamin Poore, bachtrack*****

Bach Christmas Oratorio, The Trinity College Cambridge Choir

St John’s Smith Square (December 2017)

Matthew Brook … gave his recitatives solemnity and pathos, and he sang his part in ‘Herr, dein Mitleid’ with the required ardour.

Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH****

Haydn The Creation, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Birmingham (September 2017)

There was a wonderful empathy from the official trio of soloists (Lydia Teusche, Thomas Hobbs, Matthew Brook).

Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post

Matthew Brook brought story-telling warmth to the bass-baritone roles.

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

Mathew Brook was outstanding. His firm, well-focused voice was ideally suited to the music and his diction was impeccable. In Parts I and II he really told his portions of the story vividly, characterising the music in a most engaging way. The characterful aspect of his singing reached its zenith in ‘Straight opening her fertile womb’; here he illustrated the creation of various beasts most entertainingly and in a way that clearly amused the audience … Brook was manly and suave.

John Quinn, Seen and Heard International

Bach St John Passion (Christus), The Dunedin Consort, BBC Prom

Royal Albert Hall, London (August 2017)

Matthew Brook’s Jesus was at times strikingly angry.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

Authority and presence poured from Matthew Brook's Jesus.

David Nice,

The dignified Jesus of Matthew Brook, who similarly used the words to devastating effect and somehow conveyed that he really did mean it. He sang with a trenchant firmness of line, and rather than being other-worldly was wonderfully human.

Robert Hugill, Opera Today

Purcell The Fairy Queen (Drunken Poet), Handel and Haydn Society

Tanglewood (August 2017)

Matthew Brook was especially entertaining as the Drunken Poet, tippling lustily into his first entry.

Hilary Scott, The New York Times

Handel Ariodante (Il Re), The English Concert

Barbican Centre, London (May 2017)

Matthew Brook’s King was beautifully characterised and sung.

Anna Picard, The Times

Plaudits are also due to Matthew Brook for his vivid portrayal of the King – one of Handel’s richest operatic roles for bass.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Matthew Brook found depth of feeling in the role of the King of Scotland.

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times

The vocal line of Matthew Brook’s King was charged with grief…perplexing yet glorious, every life-enhancing minute of it.

Barry Millington, The Evening Standard

Handel Semele (Cadmus/Somnus)

Handel & Haydn Society, Symphony Hall, Boston (May 2017)

The robust bass-baritone Matthew Brook was imposing as Cadmus and hilariously hammy as Somnus. He blinked blearily at the lights overhead during his “Leave me, loathsome light,” and instantly roused himself for a lusty “More sweet is that name”.

Zoë Madonna, The Boston Globe

As Semele’s father Cadmus and the god of sleep Somnus, bass-baritone Matthew Brook brought equal parts command and humor. Cadmus’ aria “Wing’d with our fears, and pious haste” brilliantly conveyed the image of Semele being taken by the eagle. And Somnus’ aria “Leave me, loathsome light” was fittingly lethargic.

Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review

Handel Ariodante (Il Re), The English Concert

Carnegie Hall, New York & Kennedy Center, Washington DC (April/May 2017)

The solid bass-baritone Matthew Brook, as the king […] was excellent.

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Matthew Brook plumbed some of the darkest depths of grief in the opera as the King, his luxurious, dark bass-baritone betraying immense pain in his Act II lament ’Invida sorte avara’.

Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review

Anyone who thinks baroque opera isn’t relevant had only to see and hear Matthew Brook as the King of Scotland, Ginevra’s father, moving from paternal delight at her impending marriage to anguish when he believes Ariodante dead to horror when he believes Ginevra’s infidelity caused that death. The story line may be dated, but the basic emotions, and the powerful singing, were anything but.

Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Bach St John Passion, Handel & Haydn Society

Boston Symphony Hall (March 2016)

In bass-baritone Matthew Brook’s forthright performance, Jesus was a strong if enigmatic human presence… Immediately preceding the latter aria, the same two violinists accompanied bass-baritone Brook in a touchingly halting performance of the meditation “Betrachte, meine Seel.” The bass-baritone sounded a more urgent note in the aria “Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen” (Hurry, you tormented souls), in which the rapid choral interjections of “Wohin?” (Where?) were uncannily soft, like echoes of disembodied souls.

David Wright, Boston Classical Review

Bass-baritone Matthew Brook sang the role of Jesus with mellifluous gravity and warm beauty of tone. Although additional singers are often employed for the tenor and bass arias, these were sung by Mulroy and Brook respectively, requiring a shift in character from narrator or active participant to grieving bystander, a role change they both handled convincingly. A highlight of the evening was the bass arioso, “Betrachte, meine Seel” (Ponder, my soul), the jagged intervals of the vocal line accompanied by two muted violins.

Virginia Newes, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Purcell The Married Beau, The English Concert

Wigmore Hall (September 2016)

Matthew Brook [was] genial and gusty in his arias.

Neil Fisher, The Times

More engaging still was bass-baritone Matthew Brook, a born performer with something of the great Christopher Purves about his tone and dramatisation, in Cardenio's "Let the Dreadful Engines”.

David Nice,

Matthew Brook gave us a characterful and delightfully swaggering rogue in When the World first knew creation. A lively Aire and another Hornpipe were followed by Brook's performance of Let the Dreadful Engines, a song in which the singer mistakenly believes his love has rejected him. The result was a highly dramatic sequence, full of free arioso with some lovely bravura moments, as well as charm and quiet passion. Brook really brought out the words, and turned the piece into a real tour de force.

Robert Hugill,

Cryptic, Fantasy and Madness, Dunedin Consort

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh (October 2016)

Singers Mhairi Lawson and Matthew Brook – both ruddy-cheeked and grinning suggestively – gave brilliantly vivid performances, full of vocal theatrics, savouring every word for its dramatic potential

David Kettle The Scotsman

Bach St Matthew Passion, Three Choirs Festival

Hereford Cathedral (July 2015)

Bass Matthew Brook brought a shining dignity to his portrayal of Christ.

Stephen Prichard, The Observer

The superlative bass-baritone Matthew Brook as Christ.

Roderic Dunnett,

Bach St Matthew Passion (1727 Version), York Bach Choir / Peter Seymour

Signum SIGCD385 (June 2015)

The second bass is Matthew Brook, who…firmly captures the dichotomy of articulate precision and dramatic desperation in ‘Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder'.

David Vickers, Gramophone

Handel Messiah, Cardiff Polyphonic Choir 50th Anniversary

St David's Hall, Cardiff (December 2014)

But it was bass Matthew Brook’s vivid projection and the dramatic immediacy he brought that had most impact. His final aria 'The trumpet shall sound' with its instrumental obbligato, Ross Brown on valveless trumpet, was as stirring as Handel intended.

Rian Evans, The Guardian

Bach St John & St Matthew Passions, Seattle Symphony

Benaroya Hall (February 2014)

Matthew Brook had room in the St. John to demonstrate profoundly moving artistry both as Jesus and in the arias.

Bernard Jacobson, The Seattle Times

The rest of the soloists also were impressive, particularly bass-baritone Matthew Brook.

Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Royal Northern Sinfonia/Zehetmair

The Sage Gateshead (June 2014)

Matthew Brook’s expressive introduction to the Agnus Dei was another highlight.

Jane Shuttleworth,

Bach St Matthew Passion, Yorkshire Bach Choir & Baroque Soloists

St Michael-le-Belfrey, York (March 2014)

Matthew Brook’s Christus was the backbone of the evening, mightily resilient.

Martin Dreyer, The York Press

Mozart Requiem, Dunedin Consort

Linn Records CKD 449

Matthew Brook's bass responds sonorously to the sounding of the last trumpet in the 'Tuba mirum’.

David Threasher, Gramophone

Bach St John Passion, Britten Sinfonia

Barbican Centre, London (April 2014)

Matthew Brook sang Christus and the bass arias with measured nobility.

George Hall, The Guardian

Bach St Matthew Passion, Soli Deo Gloria

Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago (April 2014)

Matthew Brook was eloquent in everything he sang, not least the great aria ‘Gerne will ich mich bequemen’.

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Bass-baritone Matthew Brook provided worthy vocalism in his solo moments as well.

Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

Matthew Brook…contributed impressively in [his] solos.

Adam Dahlgren, Splash Magazines

Bach Christmas Oratorio, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Layton)

Hyperion CDA68031/2

Matthew Brook's resplendent all-guns-blazing ‘Grosser Herr'.

Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine

I was most impressed with the soloists, particularly Matthew Brook’s resonant bass.

Graham Lock, Early Music Magazine

Matthew Brook's arias have a most enjoyable vigour.

Carl Rosman, International Record Review

Brahms Requiem, Royal Northern Sinfonia (Thomas Zehetmair)

The Sage, Gateshead (September 2013)

The other soloist, bass Matthew Brook was also excellent, powerful throughout the range and with particularly rich low notes. The bass soloist pleads God to teach us to know that we all have an end, and his words are echoed by the choir; Matthew Brook gave this passage a firm assurance, and with the interesting effect of a master teaching his students who repeat and accept his lesson.

Jane Shuttleworth,

Matthew Brook sang with wise authority.

Graham Rickson,

Handel Esther (Haman), Dunedin Consort

Wigmore Hall, London (April 2013)

As the venomous Haman, Matthew Brook dark bass-baritone registered with malign force, though he also highlighted the sympathy finally allowed the king's official when he is condemned to death.

George Hall, The Guardian

It is Haman who has the first air, “Pluck root and branch from out the land”, and here the commanding bass Matthew Brook established his core vocal strength, to be balanced by the vigorous and perfectly balanced chorus.

Colin Clarke, Seen and Hear International

Handel Messiah, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

St. David’s Hall, Cardiff (December 2012)

But for me two of the most satisfying parts of the evening were given to us by Bass-baritone Matthew Brook whose singing of the Airs "Why do the nations so furiously rage together" and, in particular, "The trumpet shall sound" were memorable indeed.

Peter Collins, The Western Mail

Pilate and bass-baritone soloist (St John Passion), The Three Choirs Festival

Hereford Cathedral (July 2012)

Bowen's lineup of soloists were also strong. Matthew Brook tellingly defined Pilate's dilemma as well as finding a mellifluous flow in the bass arias.

Rian Evans, The Guardian

Matthew Brook was in very fine voice. He sang the recitative part of Pilate intelligently and did his arias very well. . . We got a much better view of Brook’s vocal prowess in Betrachte, mein Seel. Here he could deploy a very pleasing rounded tone and excellent, even legato. He sang the aria warmly and with fine expression. I also enjoyed very much ‘Mein teurer Heiland’ for the same reasons.

John Quinn, Seen and Heard International

Haman (Handel’s Esther - First Reconstructable Version (Cannons), 1720)

The Dunedin Consort/Butt, CD Linn CKD397

Brook’s performance of the villain Haman’s ‘Turn not, O Queen’ transfixes everyone

David Vickers, Gramophone

Brook’s noble singing of Haman’s (futile) plea for mercy to Esther and his admonitory final aria give the oratorio’s villain near-tragic grandeur

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem, Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner

CD SDG706 (May 2012)

Matthew Brook’s dark-hued baritone is excellent for the role

Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine

The baritone Matthew Brook opens ‘Herr, lehre doch mich’ with a simple eloquence that is very persuasive…The combination of an unaffected solo baritone and period woodwind at ‘Ach, wie gar nichts sind alle Menschen’ is extremely effective...

Nigel Simeone , International Record Review

J. S. Bach, Cantata No. 207

The Dunedin Consort/Butt (May 2012)

The gauzy mystery of this aria, unlike anything else in Bach, was caught by the players with delicate care, and bass Matthew Brook sang with a lovely grave eloquence.

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

‘Welt, gute Nacht’ (J.C.Bach), English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner,

CD SDG715, December 2011

Matthew Brook’s powerful, richly-hued Wie bist du den, o Gott with its incredible two-octave vocal range

Charlotte Gardner, Classic FM

The King of Scotland (Ariodante), Il Complesso Barocco/Curtis,

Virgin Classics 0 70844-2, May 2011

The Briton Matthew Brook [...] proves himself an outstanding Handel bass as the King of Scotland

Hugh Canning, International Record Review

Seneca (L’Incoronazione di Poppea),

Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Curtis, June 2011

Only Matthew Brook as Seneca, Anders Dahlin as Ottone and Nicola Marchesini as the Nurse had any real grasp of Monteverdian style

Opera Now

Weber, Der Freischütz, Opera Comique, Paris / Gardiner

April 2011

The singing was first rate...Matthew Brook made an impressive Kouno

James Jolly, Gramophone

Bach, Christmas Oratorio / The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/ Butt

Queen Elizabeth Hall, December 2010

“Brook's baritone realised the greatest variety of expressive tone-colour”

Rhian Evans, The Guardian

“Bach and Beyond”, Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti

(Australia, April 2010)

Brook’s agile bass.

Clive O’Connell,The Age

animated; especially Matthew Brook (bass), whose delivery is assertive; commanding, even.

Lloyd Bradford Syke, The Australian Stage

Friar Tuck (Ivanhoe), BBC National Orchestra of Wales/David Lloyd-Jones,

Chandos Records CHAN10578 (January 2010)

“’Ho, jolly Jenkin’… spiritedly tossed off by Matthew Brook.”

John T. Hughes, International Record Review

“vigorous and spirited rendition of “Ho, jolly Jenkin.”

– Faye Courtney, Opera Britannia

“very well-sung by Matthew Brook”

David Laviska, Musical Criticism

Vaughan Williams, Sancta Civitas, Bach Choir/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill

Naxos 8.572424 (May 2010)

[Vaughan Williams] would have appreciated these fine soloists, chief among them Matthew Brook, who turns anything he sings to gold.

Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian

There is infinite compassion, in the third movement … from baritone Matthew Brook, whose grainy timbre I can best compare to that of a youthful John Tomlinson

Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review

Handel Messiah, Handel and Haydn Society/Harry Christophers

(Boston Symphony Hall, December 2010)

Tenor Tom Randle and baritone Matthew Brook both had powerful, robust voices that served them well at the most dramatic moments.

David Weininger, The Boston Globe

Matthew Brook Opera Repertoire


A Quiet Place (Young Sam)


Carmen (Zuniga)


Albert Herring (Vicar)
Noye’s Fludde (Noye)
Peter Grimes (Ned Keene)


Acis and Galatea (Polyphemus)
Ariodante (Il Re)
Apollo et Dafne (Apollo)
Imeneo (Argenio)
Jephtha (Zadok)
Tolomeo (Eraspe)


Jenufa (Starek) (Mayor)


Amahl and the Night Visitors (Melchior)


L'incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca)


Don Giovanni (Leporello)
Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro)
Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)


Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas)
The Indian Queen (Ismeron)


Tosca (Sacristan)


Anacréon (Anacréon)
Castor et Pollux (Jupiter)


Trial by Jury (Counsel)
Ivanhoe (Friar Tuck)


Eugene Onegin (Onegin) (Zaretsky)

Vaughan Williams

The Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan) (Lord Hategood) (Watchful)(Obstinate) and (First Shepherd)


Troilus and Cressida (Antenor, Calkas)


Der Freischütz (Kuno)

Matthew Brook Concert Repertoire


Magnificat including interpolations
Masses in A, G, and F
B Minor Mass
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Christmas Oratorio
Easter Oratorio
Cantatas including numbers: 13, 18, 27, 32, 52, 56, 62, 66, 70, 78, 82, 85, 106, 110, 132, 140, 150, 151, 152, 158, 161, 164, 165, 182, 211

JC Bach

Wie bist du den O Gott


Jesu membra nostre


Mass in C
Choral Symphony


L’Enfance du Christ (all bass/baritone roles)


God spake sometime in visions




Liebeslieder Waltzes


Cantata Misericordium


The fall of Lucifer




Caecilia Virgo
Te Deum


Mass in D
Stabat Mater
Te Deum


Canterbury Pilgrims


Dream of Gerontius
The Kingdom




In terra pax
Let us garlands bring
Lo the full final sacrifice


Four Psalms


Around the curve of the world


Acis and Galatea
Alexander’s Feast
Apollo et Dafne
Dixit Dominus
Israel in Egypt
Judas Maccabeus
Sing unto the Lord
Utrecht Te Deum


Harmony Mass
Heilige Messe
Maria Therese Mass
Nelson Mass
Pauken Mass
St Nicholas Mass




Glagolitic Mass
Unvollendete Messe


The Magus


Te Deum


Olivet to Calvary




Missa Brevis
Mass in C Minor
Mass in C
Regina Coeli
Requiem Vespers


Book IV Madrigals


Symphony No. 3


In guilty night
Ode to St Cecilia
Come ye sons of art

Anthony Powers

Air and Angels


Carmina Burana


Messe di Gloria


In convertendo


Stabat Mater
Petite Messe Solenelle




Christmas Story


Canticum Sacrum


A child of our time

Vaughan Williams

Dona nobis pacem
Sancta Civitas
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
5 Mystical Songs


Belshazzar’s Feast

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