Opera Magazine: Christmas with Matthew Rose
British bass Matthew Rose is the special guest in our Christmas edition of Opera Magazine. He is a successful singer both on the concert stage and in opera houses around the world. Singing Christmas carols was the musical highlight of the year in his youth. Although there was one lonely Christmas day in Philadelphia, a long time ago…
In December, Matthew Rose was in Rotterdam for two performances of the Messiah by Händel with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jonathan Cohen. After the last performance, in front of an empty auditorium in ‘De Doelen’, we met under the Christmas tree of the Marriott Hotel.
We asked Matthew Rose to select his favourite Christmas music. He choose classical repertoire. He likes traditional carols as well as newer ones, composed by John Rutter. Classical music is his life, as a singer and as a music lover.
- The performance of the Messiah was recorded on December the 19th in Rotterdam and is still available on the website of NPO Radio 4. The recording of Händel’s masterpiece from 2009, with Matthew Rose and the Choir of King’s College Cambridge with the Academy of Ancient Music under Stephen Cleobury, can be found on Spotify.
- The carols played in the podcast can also be found on Spotify:
- The recording Matthew Rose made of Winterreise by Schubert, with Gary Matthewman on piano, can be found here.
- You can hear more about Matthew Rose’s education and career in the interview Nina Brazier of OperaPod made last May.
- If you have gotten in the mood for a traditional British Christmas celebration you can tune in to BBC Two on December 24th at 18.15 (19.15 Dutch time) for the celebration from the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.
This podcast is on Soundcloud, Spotify, Google Podcast and most other podcast platforms.
(Photo credit homepage and podcast: Matthew Rose © Lena Kern)