Biography

Charbel Mattar is a bass-baritone whose rich and distinctive voice coupled with his striking stage presence has gained much praise. His diverse repertoire and impressive range have led him to roles from the Baroque to the contemporary.

He has worked as a soloist with most of the main British opera companies. Most recently for The Royal Opera in 2014, he sang Second Knight in Parsifal, which was broadcast live to cinemas in twenty-seven countries. Amongst other engagements, for Glyndebourne Festival Opera he sang Arcas in Iphegenie en Aulide, and for Glyndebourne Touring Opera he sang Valens in Handel's Theodora, Marchese d'Obigny in La Traviata, Zaretski in Eugene Onegin and Antonio in Le Nozze Di Figaro. For Garsington Opera he sang Buonafede in Il Mondo Della Luna by Haydn, and for Savoy Opera he sang Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville.

He is a busy and committed recitalist, working predominantly in German Romantic lieder, but with a particular love of English song. He has given recitals in venues such as the Purcell Room, London, the Holywell Music Room, Oxford and the Crush Room at The Royal Opera House, where he performed Schubert's Winterreise to great acclaim. He has given concerts in venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester with professional groups such as The English Concert (as Polifemo, in Aci, Galatea e Polifemo by Handel, broadcast on BBC Radio 3). Charbel is a recipient of a Solti Foundation Award, and the Glyndebourne Wessex Award.

Charbel (whose unusual name is that of the patron saint of Lebanon) was brought up in Birmingham. He has a degree in English Language and Literature from Magdalen College, Oxford, and studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His teachers have included Robert Dean, Vera Rosza, Thomas Hemsley, Gordon Clinton and Philip Dogan.

Charbel Mattar