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.
Matthew Lau has sung the title role in Don Pasquale and Sulpice in La Fille du Régiment with Arizona Opera; Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Padre Guardiano in La Forza del Destino with Sarasota Opera; Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri and Ramfis in Aïda with Anchorage Opera; and Osmin in Die Enführung aus dem Serail with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the New Jersey Opera. Mr. Lau has also sung the title role in Don Pasquale with Toledo Opera; Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer and Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Nashville Opera; as well as Colline in La Bohème with New York City Opera, Atlanta Opera and Opera Omaha. He is very proud to have enjoyed long associations with Dicapo Opera as Méphistophélès in Faust, Olin Blitch in Susannah, Reverend Hale in The Crucible and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette; with Des Moines Metro Opera as Banquo in Macbeth, Oroveso in Norma, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Leporello in Don Giovanni; with Atlanta Opera as the Colline in La Bohème, Dr. Grenville in La Traviata, Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalia and Rambaldo in La Rondine.
His Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia has appeared with Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Lake George Opera; while his Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola has received critical acclaim with Orlando Opera, Nevada Opera, Lake George Opera, Kentucky Opera, New Jersey Opera, and Opera Fairbanks.
Mr. Lau’s credits also include the title role in The Mikado with Nevada Opera; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and Colline in La Bohème all with Pensacola Opera; the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera North; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Tulsa Opera; Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Portland Opera and New York City Opera; Roucher in Andrea Chénier with the Opera Company of Philadelphia; Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Colorado: Lieutenant Ratcliff in Billy Budd and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Seattle Opera; and Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow with Florentine Opera.
Also among his career highlights are Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata and Flotz in Die Meister-singer von Nürenberg with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Boston Lyric Opera; Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with New York City Opera. Concert appearances have included Douglas in La Donna del Lago and Wurm in Luisa Miller with Washington Concert Opera, Zuniga in Carmen with the Dallas Symphony, and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Jacksonville Symphony.
Mr. Lau has enjoyed a long association with opera in Milwaukee. With Skylight Opera he performed the title role in Sweeney Todd, El Gallo in The Fantasicks and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro among many other roles. With the Florentine Opera he has appeared as the Reverend Baines in Elmer Gantry, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, the Sacristan in Tosca. This season he is appearing as Don Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Florentine Opera Company. Mr. Lau may also be heard on the newly released recording of Elmer Gantry (NAXOS) and as Lawson on the recording of The Truth About Windmills (VOX).