Matthew White (countertenor)
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, White began singing as a treble with St Matthew's Men and Boys Choir in Ottawa and studied with Jan Simons in Montreal, Quebec. He graduated in English Literature from McGill University.
He has sung with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Opera Atelier. On June 9, 2003, White sang the roles of Evanthes and Bacchus in the first performance in modern times of Johann Georg Conradi's 1691 opera Ariadne at the Boston Early Music Festival. The studio recording with the same cast received a Grammy nomination for Best Opera Recording of 2005.
White was an active soloist in oratorio and on the concert stage, where he specialises in Baroque music. He has appeared at the Vancouver, Boston, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals and has sung with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Les Violons du Roy, and Les Voix Humaines. In December 2010, he will sing in Handel's Messiah with Boston Baroque, a leading period instrument ensemble under the direction of Martin Pearlman. He is also the musical director and soloist of Montreal's Les Voix Baroques ensemble with whom he tours extensively.
White has now ceased to perform as a countertenor and has been Artist Director of Early Music Vancouver since the 2013-14 season.
- Bach: Mass in B Minor Dorothee Mields (soprano); Johannette Zomer (soprano); Matthew White (alto); Charles Daniels (tenor); Peter Harvey; Netherlands Bach Society; Jos van Veldhoven conductor. (Channel Classics Records 25007)
- Bach: Cantatas BWV 27, 84, 95, & 161 Dorothee Mields (soprano); Matthew White (alto); Hans Jörg Mammel (tenor); Thomas Bauer (bass); Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe conductor. (Harmonia Mundi HMC 901969)
- Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas Matthew White (countertenor); Katherine Hill (soprano); Paul Grindlay (bass); Aradia Ensemble; Kevin Mallon conductor. (Naxos 8.557041)
- Elegeia Works by J.S. Bach, Biber, J.C. Bach, Schmelzer, Simpson, Blow, Purcell, Holborne, Byrd, and Tallis. Matthew White (countertenor); Les Voix Baroques. (Analekta 9902)
- Johann Georg Conradi: Ariadne Karina Gauvin (Ariadne), Barbara Borden (Phaedra), Marek Rzepka (Minos), Matthew White (Evanthes & Bacchus), Ellen Hargis (Pasiphae & Venus), James Taylor (Theseus), Julian Podger (Pirithous), Jan Kobow (Pamphilius); Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus; Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs, conductors. (CPO 777073-2)
- Biography on Bach-Cantatas. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- Marion Lignana Rosenberg, Friends in High Places Playbill Arts, April 4, 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- Artist Biography, Boston Early Music Festival. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- David Vernier, Review of Elegeia, Classics Today, April 19, 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- Matthew White discography on Classics Today. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- Boston Early Music Festival Receives Grammy Nomination for Conradi’s Ariadne Boston Early Music Festival Press release, December 15, 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2008.