Matthew Best

Biography

Born: February 6, 1957; Farnborough, Kent, England  
Matthew Best began his career as a bass, singing at Covent Garden and at other leading operatic venues throughout the world. But since the mid-'80s he has turned increasingly toward conducting, recording many choral/orchestral and operatic works for Hyperion Records. Over the years his singing range has changed as well, placing him in the category of bass-baritone and including roles such as Scarpia and Amfortas.

Best was born in
Read more Farnborough, Kent, on February 6, 1957. He showed vocal talent in his youth and at age 16 (1973) founded the Corydon Singers, serving then and ever since as the ensemble's artistic director. He enrolled at King's College, Cambridge, and later at the National Opera Studio in London. His principal teachers included Robert Lloyd, Otakar Kraus, and Patrick McGuigan.

Best was signed on as a principal bass at Covent Garden in 1980 and two years later drew major notice when he was awarded the Decca-Kathleen Ferrier Prize. In 1985 he began an association with the English Chamber Orchestra, leading the ensemble in concerts and recordings, often with his Corydon Singers. He left Covent Garden the following year but continued singing with many other opera companies throughout the world, including the Scottish Opera and Nederlandse Opera.

Best founded the Corydon Orchestra in 1991, and together with the Corydon Singers has made numerous critically acclaimed recordings, including the Bruckner Mass in F minor and Psalm 150 (1992) and the Beethoven Opferlied and Meeresstille Cantatas (1996).

In 1998 Best became principal conductor of the Sussex-based Hanover Band, a highly respected period instrument chamber ensemble. But his increasing activity on the podium hardly diminished his operatic pursuits. He received high praise, in particular, for his portrayal of Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal at the Scottish Opera in 2000, as well as for his Wotan in Wagner's Siegfried there in 2003. In the role of Kutuzov in Prokofiev's War and Peace at the English National Opera's 2001 English-language production, he scored a similar success. Read less

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Born: February 6, 1957; Farnborough, Kent, England  
Matthew Best began his career as a bass, singing at Covent Garden and at other leading operatic venues throughout the world. But since the mid-'80s he has turned increasingly toward conducting, recording many choral/orchestral and operatic works for Hyperion Records. Over the years his singing range has changed as well, placing him in the category of bass-baritone and including roles such as Scarpia and Amfortas.

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WORKS ALBUMS
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Beethoven: Op.72a - Ouvertuere "Leonore II"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - ..Twas in truth
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - No.1 Arie: "O wär' ich schon mir dir vereint"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - Beharrlich bleibt auf dem Liebespfad
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - No.2 Duett: "Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - Der Kerkermeister, Rocco, der Vater
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - No.3 Terzett: "Ein Mann ist bald genommen"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - Fidelio kam - und niemand weiss woher
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - No.4 Quartett: "Mir ist so wunderbar"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - Gefuehl ist gut, doch Geld ist besser
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - No.5 Arie: "Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - Unantastbar klar birgt Leonores Brust
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 1 - No.6 Terzett: "Gut, Soehnchen, gut"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - No.7 Introduction
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - Der Gouverneur ist da
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - No.8 Arie mit Chor: "Ha! Welch ein Augenblick"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - Postiert eine Trompete auf dem Wachturm
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - No.9 Duett: "Jetzt, Alter, hat es Eile!"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - Und Leonore begegnet Marzelline
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - No.10 Duett: "Um in der Ehe froh zu leben"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - Die ernsten Steine des dumpfen Gemaeuers
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - No.11 Rezitativ und Arie: "Ach, brich noch nicht, du mattes Herz!" - "Komm,Hoffnung,lass den letzten Stern"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - No.12 Finale: "O welche Lust, in freier Luft"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - (Rezitativ:) "Entfernt euch jetzt! Nun, koennt ihr eilen?" - "Nun sprecht, wie ging's?" - (Duett:) "Noch heute, noch heute?"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - (Duett:) "Wir muessen gleich zu Werke schreiten" - (Quartett:) "Ach Vater, eilt!"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 2 - (Arie:) "Auf euch nur will ich bauen"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - Florestans Not im Dunkel tauber Einsamkeit
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - No.13 Rezitativ und Arie: "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!" - In des Lebens Fruehlingstagen
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - No.14 Melodram und Duett: "Wie kalt ist es in diesem unterirdischen Gewoelbe!"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - (Duett:) "Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - Dort, in der Tiefe
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - No.15 Terzett: "Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - Und Rocco eilt
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - No.16 Quartett: "Er sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - Oh Leonore! Alles was dein Mut gewagt - verloren!
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - No.17 Rezitativ und Duett: "Ich kann mich noch nicht fassen" - "O namenlose Freude!"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - No.18 Finale: "Zur Rache! Zur Rache!"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - O Gott! O welch ein Augenblick!
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - So muessen endlich Aufgeklaerte
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - Doch hoere erst, du Boesewicht
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - "Dann herrscht allgemeine Freiheit und Gleichheit der."
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - Nein, nein, nein! Er ist noch zu gering bestraft!
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - Ein hoeherer Geist, vom Himmel gesandt
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - (Rezitativ:) "Der Koenig wird dein Richter sein!"
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Act 3 - Wer ein holdes Weib errungen
Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 / Appendix - No.7a March in B flat major
Act I: Orchestral introduction - What hoa, what hoa! (Shallow, Sir Hugh Evans)
Act I: Ahem (Anne Page)
Act I: This is my father's choice (Anne Page)
Act I: How now, what does Master Fenton here? (Page)
Act I: Vere is dat knave Rugby? (Dr. Caius)
Act I: Episode
Act I: How now, mine Host of the Garter (Bardolph, Nym, Pistol)
Act I: I spy entertainment in her ... (Sir John Falstaff)
Act I: Wilt thou revenge ... ? (Pistol)
Act I: Love my wife? I will be patient (Ford)
Act II Scene 1: Orchestral introduction
Act II Scene 1: Thine own true knight (Mrs. Page) - Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more (Mrs. Quickly)
Act II Scene 2: Bardolph! Bardolph, I say! (Sir John Falstaff)
Act II Scene 2: Go thy ways, go thy ways, old Jack! (Sir John Falstaff)
Act II Scene 2: Sir, my name is Brook (Ford)
Act II Scene 2: Ha, is this a vision? (Ford)
Act IV Scene 2: But till 'tis 1 o'clock (Mrs. Qucikly)
Act IV Scene 2: Dance of the Fairies
Act IV Scene 2: But stay! I smell a man of middle earth (Sir Hugh Evans)
Act IV Scene 2: Nay, do not fly (Page)
Act IV Scene 2: My heart misgives me (Mrs. Page)
Act IV Scene 2: Stand not amazed (Sir John Falstaff)
Prologue: I am an old man ... (Vere)
Act I Scene 1: Pull, me bantams! (First Mate, Second Mate, Sailing Master, Sailor, Bosun, Midshipmen, Donald, Maintop, Deck, Novice, Men, Squeak, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Boat ahoy! (Maintop, Voice, Midshipmen, Sailing Master, First Lieutenant, Bosun, Ratcliffe)
Act I Scene 1: First man forward! (Claggart, Red Whiskers, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master, Jones)
Act I Scene 1: Your name? (Claggart, Billy, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master)
Act I Scene 1: Billy Budd, king of the birds! (Billy, Sailing Master, First Lieutenant, Ratcliffe)
Act I Scene 2: Gentlemen, the King! (Vere, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master)
Act I Scene 2: Ay, at Spithead ... (Vere, Sailing Master, First Lieutenant)
Act I Scene 2: We are, sir. Claggart is an able one. (First Lieutenant, Vere, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe)
Act I Scene 3: Blow her away. (Red Whiskers, Chorus, Billy, Donald, Dansker)
Act I Scene 3: We're off to Samoa ... (Donald, Chorus, Red Whiskers, Billy, Dansker)
Act I Scene 3: Hi! You ... a ... a ... ! (Billy, Dansker, Red Whiskers, Donald, Squeak, Billy, Claggart, Boy, Chorus)
Act I Scene 3: Over the water ... (Claggart, Chorus)
Act I Scene 3: Come here. (Claggart, Novice)
Act I Scene 3: Billy! ... Hist! Billy Budd! (Novice, Billy)
Act I Scene 3: Dansker, old friend ... (Billy, Dansker)
So he touched the first door (Naninga)
Open, open! (Fugitive)
You filthy blackgaurds (Sheriff)
Martin my boy (Father Cornelius)
I've had enough of this (Sherrif)
Heavenly Father (Ninga, Children , Father Cornelius)
Ouvertuere "Leonore II"
..Twas in truth
No.1 Arie: "O wär' ich schon mir dir vereint"
Beharrlich bleibt auf dem Liebespfad
No.2 Duett: "Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein"
Der Kerkermeister, Rocco, der Vater
No.3 Terzett: "Ein Mann ist bald genommen"
Fidelio kam - und niemand weiss woher
No.4 Quartett: "Mir ist so wunderbar"
Gefuehl ist gut, doch Geld ist besser
No.5 Arie: "Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben"
Unantastbar klar birgt Leonores Brust
No.6 Terzett: "Gut, Soehnchen, gut"
No.7 Introduction
Der Gouverneur ist da
No.8 Arie mit Chor: "Ha! Welch ein Augenblick"
Postiert eine Trompete auf dem Wachturm
No.9 Duett: "Jetzt, Alter, hat es Eile!"
Und Leonore begegnet Marzelline
No.10 Duett: "Um in der Ehe froh zu leben"
Die ernsten Steine des dumpfen Gemaeuers
No.11 Rezitativ und Arie: "Ach, brich noch nicht, du mattes Herz!" - "Komm,Hoffnung,lass den letzten Stern"
No.12 Finale: "O welche Lust, in freier Luft"
(Rezitativ:) "Entfernt euch jetzt! Nun, koennt ihr eilen?" - "Nun sprecht, wie ging's?" - (Duett:) "Noch heute, noch heute?"
(Duett:) "Wir muessen gleich zu Werke schreiten" - (Quartett:) "Ach Vater, eilt!"
(Arie:) "Auf euch nur will ich bauen"
Florestans Not im Dunkel tauber Einsamkeit
No.13 Rezitativ und Arie: "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!" - In des Lebens Fruehlingstagen
No.14 Melodram und Duett: "Wie kalt ist es in diesem unterirdischen Gewoelbe!"
(Duett:) "Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben"
Dort, in der Tiefe
No.15 Terzett: "Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten"
Und Rocco eilt
No.16 Quartett: "Er sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen"
Oh Leonore! Alles was dein Mut gewagt - verloren!
No.17 Rezitativ und Duett: "Ich kann mich noch nicht fassen" - "O namenlose Freude!"
No.18 Finale: "Zur Rache! Zur Rache!"
O Gott! O welch ein Augenblick!
So muessen endlich Aufgeklaerte
Doch hoere erst, du Boesewicht
"Dann herrscht allgemeine Freiheit und Gleichheit der."
Nein, nein, nein! Er ist noch zu gering bestraft!
Ein hoeherer Geist, vom Himmel gesandt
(Rezitativ:) "Der Koenig wird dein Richter sein!"
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen
No.7a March in B flat major
Ouvertuere "Leonore II"
..Twas in truth
No.1 Arie: "O wär' ich schon mir dir vereint"
Beharrlich bleibt auf dem Liebespfad
No.2 Duett: "Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein"
Der Kerkermeister, Rocco, der Vater
No.3 Terzett: "Ein Mann ist bald genommen"
Fidelio kam - und niemand weiss woher
No.4 Quartett: "Mir ist so wunderbar"
Gefuehl ist gut, doch Geld ist besser
No.5 Arie: "Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben"
Unantastbar klar birgt Leonores Brust
No.6 Terzett: "Gut, Soehnchen, gut"
No.7 Introduction
Der Gouverneur ist da
No.8 Arie mit Chor: "Ha! Welch ein Augenblick"
Postiert eine Trompete auf dem Wachturm
No.9 Duett: "Jetzt, Alter, hat es Eile!"
Und Leonore begegnet Marzelline
No.10 Duett: "Um in der Ehe froh zu leben"
Die ernsten Steine des dumpfen Gemaeuers
No.11 Rezitativ und Arie: "Ach, brich noch nicht, du mattes Herz!" - "Komm,Hoffnung,lass den letzten Stern"
No.12 Finale: "O welche Lust, in freier Luft"
(Rezitativ:) "Entfernt euch jetzt! Nun, koennt ihr eilen?" - "Nun sprecht, wie ging's?" - (Duett:) "Noch heute, noch heute?"
(Duett:) "Wir muessen gleich zu Werke schreiten" - (Quartett:) "Ach Vater, eilt!"
(Arie:) "Auf euch nur will ich bauen"
Florestans Not im Dunkel tauber Einsamkeit
No.13 Rezitativ und Arie: "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!" - In des Lebens Fruehlingstagen
No.14 Melodram und Duett: "Wie kalt ist es in diesem unterirdischen Gewoelbe!"
(Duett:) "Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben"
Dort, in der Tiefe
No.15 Terzett: "Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten"
Und Rocco eilt
No.16 Quartett: "Er sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen"
Oh Leonore! Alles was dein Mut gewagt - verloren!
No.17 Rezitativ und Duett: "Ich kann mich noch nicht fassen" - "O namenlose Freude!"
No.18 Finale: "Zur Rache! Zur Rache!"
O Gott! O welch ein Augenblick!
So muessen endlich Aufgeklaerte
Doch hoere erst, du Boesewicht
"Dann herrscht allgemeine Freiheit und Gleichheit der."
Nein, nein, nein! Er ist noch zu gering bestraft!
Ein hoeherer Geist, vom Himmel gesandt
(Rezitativ:) "Der Koenig wird dein Richter sein!"
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen
No.7a March in B flat major
Part I: Prelude
Part I: Jesu, Maria - I Am Near to Death
Part I: Rouse Thee, My Fainting Soul
Part I: Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Deus
Part I: Proficiscere, Anima Christiana
Part II: I Went to Sleep
Part II: It is a Member of That Family
Part II: But Hark! Upon My Sense Comes a Fierce Hubbub
Part II: I See Not Those False Spirits
Part II: But Hark! A Grand Mysterious Harmony
Part II: Thy Judgement Now is Near
Part II: I Go Before My Judge
Part II: Softly and Gently, Dearly-Ransomed Soul
Prologue: Peter Grimes (Hobson, Swallow, Peter)
Prologue: You sailed your boat round the coast (Swallow, Peter, Mrs. Sedley, Hobson, Ellen, Chorus)
Prologue: Peter Grimes, I here advise you (Swallow, Hobson, Peter, Chorus)
Prologue: The truth - the pity - and the truth (Peter, Ellen)
Prologue: Interlude I
Act I Scene 1: Oh, hang at open doors (Auntie, Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Good morning, good morning! (Rector, Nieces, Mrs. Sedley, Ned, Swallow, Auntie, Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Hi! Give us a hand (Peter, Boles, Balstrode, Ned, Auntie, Hobson)
Act I Scene 1: I'll have to go from pub to pub (Hobson, Ellen, Ned, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Let her among you without fault (Ellen, Hobson, Mrs. Sedley, Ned)
Act I Scene 1: Look! The storm cone! (Balstrode, Ned, Boles, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: And do you prefer the storm (Balstrode, Peter)
Act I Scene 1: They listen to money (Peter, Balstrode)
Act I Scene 1: What harbour shelters peace (Peter)
Act I Scene 1: Interlude II
Act I Scene 2: Past time to close (Auntie, Mrs. Sedley, Balstrode, Boles, Nieces)
Act I Scene 2: Loud man (Auntie, Nieces, Mrs. Sedley)
Act I Scene 2: There's been a landslide up the coast (Fisherman, Boles, Balstrode, Auntie)
Act I Scene 2: No, I mean love (Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Pub conversation should depend (Balstrode, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Have you heard the cliff is down (Ned, Auntie, Mrs. Sedley, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (Peter, Nieces, Boles, Balstrode, Auntie, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: For peace sake (Balstrode, Peter)
Act I Scene 2: The bridge is down (Hobson, Ned, Ellen, Boles, Auntie, Nieces, Peter)
Act II: Interlude III
Act II Scene 1: Glitter of waves (Ellen)
Act II Scene 1: Now that the daylight fills the sky (Ellen, Rector, Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Child you're not too young (Ellen, Rector, Peter, Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: This unrelenting work (Ellen, Peter, Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Fool to let it come to this (Auntie, Ned, Boles, Mrs. Sedley, Balstrode, Swallow, Nieces, Rector, Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: People . . . No! I will speak! (Boles, Balstrode, Rector, Auntie, Ellen, Chorus)


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