Matthew Kofi Waldren

Matthew Kofi Waldren

Conductor

British Conductor
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«'Matthew Waldren, conducting the City of London Sinfonia, led a full-blooded, big-hearted, open-air performance' ​»
YEHUDA SHAPIRO; OPERA (2017)
«'Beautifully conducted by Matthew Waldren...beautifully played, too...so much detail and engagement from the City of London Sinfonia.' ​»
ANNA PICKARD; JUNE 2016 (2017)
«'Superbly conducted by Matthew Waldren...[he] made the orchestra sound double its size, and the instrumental detail reminded me of Serafin'»
HUGH CANNING; JUNE 2016 (2017)
«And yet in many ways the night belongs to conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren, spinning a sparkling City of London Sinfonia like a top. One swallow may not make a summer, but this Rondine has certainly made mine.»
culture whisper; claudia pritchard (2017)
«an idiomatic conductor, Matthew Kofi Waldren, who gets the City of London Sinfonia to wallow in Puccini’s lush, glittering orchestrations…A huge OHP hit»
sunday times; hugh canning (2017)
2017Todd: Alice's Adventures in WonderlandConductor
2017Puccini: La RondineConductor
2017Rossini: Il Barbiere Di SivigliaConductor
2017Debussy: Pelléas Et MélisandeConductor
2017Debussy: Pelléas Et MélisandeConductor
2017Chin: Alice In WonderlandConductor
2016Puccini: La BohèmeConductor
2016Mozart: Don GiovanniConductor
2015Todd: Alice's Adventures in WonderlandConductor
2015Delibes: LakméConductor
2015Britten: Peter GrimesConductor
2015Todd: Alice's Adventures in WonderlandConductor
2015Puccini: La BohèmeAssistant Conductor
2015Verdi: La TraviataConductor
2014Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaConductor
2013Hosefros: Strekosa I MuravejConductor
2013Hosefros: Strekosa I MuravejConductor
2013Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perlesConductor
2013Berg: Wozzeckmusic staff
2013Puccini: Madama ButterflyConductor
2012Mascagni: ZanettoConductor
2012Puccini: Gianni SchicchiConductor
2012Picker: Fantastic Mr FoxConductor
2012Puccini: Gianni SchicchiAssociate Conductor
2012Puccini: Gianni SchicchiConductor
2012Picker: Fantastic Mr FoxConductor
2011Verdi: RigolettoConductor
2010Sullivan: The Yeomen of the GuardConductor

Bio




Matthew Kofi Waldren was ENO Mackerras Fellow 2016-18, International Opera Awards 'Newcomer' finalist 2017, and Music Director of the inaugural Christine Collins Young Artists' Programme 2012 at Opera Holland Park.

Described as "dynamic" and an "extraordinary talent", Matthew Kofi Waldren is regarded as one of the brightest talents of the new generation of opera conductors. Known for his detailed, sincere and dramatic approach, Matthew Kofi is also recognised for his collaborative approach with directors and designers; The Arts Desk recently noted that "Matthew Kofi Waldren is the perfect choice to bring a company together". Recent seasons have seen Matthew Kofi conduct acclaimed performances at Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, English National Opera, Opera North, Opera Holland Park, and Scottish Opera. In the 2019/20 season he returns to English National Opera and Opera Park, and conducts at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and West Green House Opera. 

Recent and upcoming credits include:
Un ballo in maschera (Opera Holland Park) 
La Cenerentola (West Green House Opera)

Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Gianni Schicchi (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) 

Paul Bunyan (English National Opera) 
Don Giovanni (Opera North) 
Le nozze di Figaro (English National Opera) 
La traviata (Opera Holland Park) 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park, Signum Classics {No 1 disc} , Wilderness Festival) 
Pelléas Unwrapped (Scottish Opera) 
Texting Heer (Royal Opera House) 

For Opera Holland Park credits include:
La traviata, La rondine, La bohéme, Lakmé, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Les Pecheurs de Perles, Zanetto, Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Further credits include:
Yeomen of the Guard (G&S Opera Company) 
La Traviata (Opera Lyrical) 
Strekosa y Muravej  (Tête a Tête, Grimeborn) 

Recent and upcoming orchestral credits include:
Orchestra of ENO
Orchestra of Scottish Opera
Orchestra of Opera North
City of London Sinfonia
London Mozart Players
National Festival Orchestra
Alice Band

Assistant Conductor credits include:
Il barbiere di Siviglia for ENO (cond. Hilary Griffiths)
Havergal Brian recording for ENO (cond. Martyn Brabbins)
Pelléas et Mélisande for Scottish Opera (cond,. Stuart Stratford)
Don Giovanni for ENO (cond. Mark Wigglesworth)
La bohéme for ENO (cond. Xian Zhang)

Opera Galas include:
World War I Memorial Concert at Chelsea Flower Show
Centenary Gala Concert at Chelsea Flower Show
Galas at Leighton House, RAC Club, East India Club, Saatchi Gallery, Museum of London

Past Chorus Master credits include:
La bohéme, Orpheus in the Underworld, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Fidelio, La forza del destino, Pelléas et Mélisande, Francesca da Rimini, L'amico Fritz, Le nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto for OHP.














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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Immediately English National Opera 2018
Britten: Paul Bunyan 1 week English National Opera 2018
Mozart: Don Giovanni Immediately Opera North 2018
Verdi: La Traviata Immediately Opera Holland Park 2018
Todd: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Immediately Opera Holland Park 2017

Awards

International Opera Awards Newcomer Finalist
2017
ENO Mackerras Fellow
2017
Christine Collins Young Artist
2017