Sally Matthews was the winner of the 1999 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2000, and she was a member of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden Young Artist Programme and was part of the BBC New Generation Artists. She currently studies with Paul Farringdon.
Plans this season and beyond include the roles of the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Konstanze in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio for Glyndebourne; Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Bavarian State Opera and Netherlands Opera; Janáček’s Jenůfa at the Théâtre de la Monnaie; and in concert, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with the London Symphony and Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes in Rome with the Orchestra dell’Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Other current and future concert appearances include Brahms’s German Requiem and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with the London Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Berlin Philharmonic; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Philharmonia Orchestra; and Mendelssohn’s Lobesgesang with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
In recent seasons, Ms. Matthews has performed Poulenc’s Gloria in Rome with Antonio Pappano; Brahms’s German Requiem with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder with the Bamberg Symphony; Orff’s Carmina burana, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri with the Berlin Philharmonic; Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2 and 4 with the London Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas; Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder with the BBC Philharmonic; Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi with the London Symphony; Haydn’s Creation with the London Symphony in London and New York, and with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and Haydn’s The Seasons at the BBC Proms and with Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin. Ms. Matthews has also given recitals with Simon Lepper at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and London’s Wigmore Hall, where she has also appeared with the Nash Ensemble. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in June 2009 in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.