Sugar Creek Artists

Matthew Lau, Bass Bio | Critical Acclaim | Photos | Audio | Video
Role: Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment | Where: Sugar Creek Symphony & Song | When: Fri., Aug. 5 at 8 pm, Sun., Aug. 7 at 3 pm

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One of the most versatile basses in American opera theatre, Matthew Lau is known for wide variety of roles ranging from the serious operas of Verdi, Wagner, and Gounod, to his comedic roles in the music of Rossini and Mozart.

A Festival favorite, Matthew was last seen playing the role of the decrepit Dr. Bartolo in Sugar Creek's production of Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) — a role he's performed with Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera and Lake George Opera.

He's brought many other roles to life at these and other opera companies across the US including:

Lyric Opera of Chicago | Boston Lyric Opera | New York City Opera | Washington Concert Opera | Arizona Opera | Sarasota Opera | Lyric Opera of Kansas City | New Jersey Opera | Atlanta Opera | Des Moines Metro Opera | Opera North | Seattle Opera | Opera Pacific

Matthew recently took on the role of Dr. Bartolo with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the role of Rev. Baines in Elmer Gantry with the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee.

This August, you can catch him as the big-hearted Sergeant Sulpice at Sugar Creek Symphony & Song. Tickets.

What the Critics are Saying about Matthew

Opera News

“...and of all the principals bass Matthew Lau gave the most pleasure vocally...”

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“Matthew Lau....has a really good voice, terrific sense of text, great comic timing...”

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Lau hit just the right notes of befuddlement, affection, duplicity, lust, wounded pride and officiousness, and he didn't hit them with a hammer.

Washington Post

Matthew Lau commands a bass-baritone of unusual warmth and suppleness...Lau pours out his sound like a fine claret.

Matthew in Performance: Photos
Matthew in Performance: Audio

Photos of Matthew in Performance: (1) as Sweeney Todd at Milwaukee Skylight Opera; (2) as L'Arbre in L'enfant et les sortileges at New York City Opera; (3) as Mephistopheles at Dicapo Opera; (4) as Tom in Un ballo en mashera at Atlanta Opera; (5) as Baron Zeta in Merry Widow at Milwaukee Florentine Opera (6) as Pooh Bah in The Mikado at Lake George Opera.



"Ho un dottor" from Il barbiere di Siviglia

"Se vuol ballare" from Le nozze di Figaro

"Ella giammai m'amo" from Don Carlo


Matthew in Performance: Video



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