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Matthew White

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Matthew White (Canadian countertenor born 1973 in Ottawa, Ontario) graduated in English Literature from McGill University. He began singing as a treble with St Matthew’s Men and Boys Choir in Ottawa and studied with Jan Simons in Montreal.

He has sung with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Opera Atelier. On June 9, 2003, White sang the roles of Evanthes and Bacchus in the first performance in modern times of Johann Georg Conradi’s 1691 opera Ariadne at the Boston Early Music Festival. The studio recording with the same cast received a Grammy nomination for Best Opera Recording of 2005.

White is an active soloist in oratorio and on the concert stage, where he specialises in Baroque music. He has appeared at the Vancouver, Boston, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals and has sung with Tafelmusik, the Boston Handel and Haydn Society Les Violons du Roy, and Les Voix Humaines. He is also the musical director and soloist of Montreal’s Les Voix Baroques ensemble with whom he tours extensively.

Matthew White has recorded for the Naxos, Harmonia Mundi and Analekta labels. His recording, Elegeia won a 2004 Cannes Classical Award for best new early music solo recording.

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