Matthew Zadow - Baritone


Now resident in Belgium, Canadian baritone Matthew Zadow enjoys a growing international reputation as a compelling interpreter of opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, with recent debuts at Brussels' Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in LA TRAVIATA (Verdi) and SWEENEY TODD (Sondheim), the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles in DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) and Orff's CARMINA BURANA, and with de Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as Baron Wurmerhelm (THE GAMBLER - Prokofiev).  In addition to Belgium and the Netherlands, his career has also taken him to the major opera houses and most beautiful concert halls of Canada, Ireland and China.

Recent opera roles include Eisenstein (DIE FLEDERMAUS, J. Strauss), Almaviva (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - Mozart), General Boum (LA GRANDE DUCHESSE DE GEROLSTEIN, Offenbach), Danilo (THE MERRY WIDOW, Lehar), Belcore (L’ELISIR D’AMORE, Donizetti), Dancaïro (CARMEN, Bizet), Baron Douphol (LA TRAVIATA, Verdi), Cristiano (UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Verdi), and Le Chat/L'Horloge Comtoise (L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES, Ravel).

His concert and oratorio performances are many, and include the major works for baritone and bass from baroque to contemporary periods.  He is particularly associated with the music of J. S. Bach, and is frequently engaged to sing the Passions, Christmas Oratorio and many cantatas.  As a disciple of the art song tradition he has frequently interpreted LES NUITS D’ÉTÉ of Berlioz, Schubert’s DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN, Mahler’s LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN, Brahms' VIER ERNSTE GESÄNGE, and Vaughan Williams’ SONGS OF TRAVEL and FIVE MYSTICAL SONGS.

full repertoire list

performance agenda

Engaged by:

Amadeus Choir / Elmer Iseler Singers (Toronto)

Bachchor BWV (Netherlands)

Brahms-Symphonieorchester (Berlin, China)

Brussels Choral Society

Brussels Operetta Theatre

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

BL!NDMAN collective (Belgium/Netherlands)

Calcant (Antwerp)

Camerata Vocale (Brussels)

Carpe Cantorem (Brussels)

Choir of the European Union

Choeur et Orchestre de la Chapelle des Minimes (Brussels)

Chorale Royale les Chantres de Notre Dame (Brussels)

Chorale Caecilia (Antwerp)

Le Concert d’Anvers

Confederation Centre of the Arts, (Charlottetown, PEI)

deChorale (Antwerp)

De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam)

Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles

Flanders Baroque Academy (Belgium)

Glenn Gould School / Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

Kingston Symphony

Melos Ensemble (Kingston)

Ministry of Operatic Affairs (Belgium)

Mississauga Choral Society

Octopus Kammerchor (Antwerp)

Opera2005 (Ireland)

Opera Avanti (Belgium)

Opera In Concert (Toronto)

Opera York

Orchestra Philharmonique de Liège

La Passione (Lier)

Pax Christi Chorale (Toronto)

La Régionale de Bruxelles

’s Hertogenbosch Vocaal Ensemble (Den Bosch, NL)

Sint Carolus Borromeuskerk (Antwerp)

Sint Pauluskerk (Antwerp)

Stratford Summer Music (Canada)

Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (Toronto)

Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax)

Toronto Classical Singers

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels)

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Toronto Philharmonia

Vocaal Collectief (Belgium)

Westben Music Festival (Canada)

“Also notable was the Count of Matthew Zadow in an impressive role debut.  His handsome stage presence combined with a pleasing lyric baritone made his Almaviva less of a cad than usual.”

Joseph So

“Le Nozze di Figaro” Opera Canada

February 2007

“Soprano Marta Ewa Matulewicz (Sophie) had to negotiate a very high tessitura, while baritone Matthew Zadow (Hans) had to cope with dramatic declamation as well as arioso passages.  Both young Canadian artists show great promise.”

Paula Citron

“Die Weisse Rose”

Opera Canada

January 2005

“The best singer was baritone Matthew Zadow as a droll Eisenstein, acting up a storm and singing with rich tone and a timbre reminiscent of a young Hermann Prey in this role. His German was also the best in the cast.”

Joseph So

“Die Fledermaus”

Opera Canada

summer 2012

"…Matthew Zadow in de rol van Il Conte Almaviva. Ook hij bezit een prachtige stem en door  zijn uitstraling was hij een uitstekende graaf." 

… Matthew Zadow in the role of Il Conte Almaviva. He has a beautiful voice and in his appearance he was an excellent Count.

  1. -Hendrik Verhoeven,

“Le Nozze di Figaro”

Opera Gazet (Belgium) september 2012

…Matthew Zadow est, en revanche, un atout pour le Général Boum, ici sosie du General Montgomery.

...Matthew Zadow is, however, an asset for "General Boum", here a dead ringer for General Montgomery.

Hélène Mante,

“La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein”

Forum Opera (Belgium) january 2012

“Matthew Zadow (as Joseph) [was] very fine (and [his] French was excellent.)  Musically the performance I attended December 6 was a triumph… The finest moments were the duets between Marie and Joseph in scene five and the interchange between tenor and chorus…”

Hans de Groot
“l’Enfance du Christ” Wholenote Magazine, December 9th 2015