The English tenor (former boy soprano), Matthew Long, gained his first professional experience singing in Italy’s opera houses as a boy treble. He was sought after as a soloist during this time, particularly for the music of Benjamin Britten and sang the role of Miles in B. Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw for productions at Teatro Reggio di Torino (1995), Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1996) and Teatro di Roma (1997). Success on the opera stage at a young age instilled in him a passion and ambition for singing that has gone on to shape his future.
After rediscovering his voice as a tenor in his late teens, Matthew Long went on to study Music at The University of York and was a member of the Choir of York Minster. He then moved to London and in the following years worked with some of the UK’s most highly regarded ensembles. Since his early twenties he has been a member of the acclaimed chamber choirs The Sixteen (Director: Harry Christophers) and Tenebrae (Director: Nigel Short) and the solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini (Director: Robert Hollingworth). As well as singing at many of Europe’s best known concert venues, projects with these groups and others have taken him all over the world and have included performances for festivals in Japan, China, Australia, Bermuda, the USA and Africa. In 2011, HE won a scholarship to study as a postgraduate at The Royal College of Music, London. During his year of study there he was also a Susan Chilcott Scholarship holder and a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist.
Matthew Long's most recent project has been a recording of British music comprising folk songs, classical English song repertoire and orchestral arrangements of well known anthems. He was privileged to work on this disc with renowned accompanist Malcolm Martineau, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and guitarist Rufus Miller at Abbey Road Studios. Exquisite classical art songs by George Butterworth, Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gerald Finzi sit alongside the folk songs of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in this refreshing portrayal of some of our finest music. He currently lives in London.