B i o g r a p h y

Countertenor, Matt Paine, is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Alexander Gibson Opera Studio under the tutelage of Iain Paton, having previously graduated from The Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Chance and Lawrence Zazzo.


Matt’s upcoming performances include:  Oberon (cover) - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Britten (Scottish Opera)  and Refugee – Flight, Dove (RCS).


He recently covered the role of Dardano – Amadigi di Gaula, Handel with both English Touring Opera and Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist, and prepared the title role of Cesare – Giulio Cesare, Handel (RCS), which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19. Matt has also had the pleasure of being a Young Artist on Longborough Festival Opera’s Emerging Artist programme where he performed as Ottone in their production of L’incoronazione di Poppea under the direction of Jenny Miller & Jeremy Silver.

During his time at the RCS Matt has performed the roles of Boy/Angel – Written on Skin; Orfeo – Orfeo ed Euridice; Nerone - L'incoronazione di Poppea; and Filch – Die Dreigroschenoper.


Matt has a passion for modern operas and is an excellent sight reader. Most recently he has recorded new works with the Red Note Ensemble, collaborating with composers and musicians at the RCS as part of their contemporary music festival PLUG.

Whilst at the RAM he performed in a number of roles including Oberon in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rinaldo in Handel’s Rinaldo, and Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Other operatic engagements include Sorcerer - Dido & Aeneas; Athamas – Semele; Sosarme – Sosarme; and Endimione - La Calisto.


As a concert soloist Matt has performed in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, Durufle’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus. Matthew has had the pleasure of working with the English Concert under the direction of Harry Bickett and Robert Howarth, the Academy’s Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series led by Iain Ledingham & Ton Koopman and the Southbank Sinfonia with Simon Over.

Before the Royal Academy of Music, Matt was at the University of Bristol studying a BA in Music and graduated in the summer of 2014. He also held a Lay Clerk position at Bristol Cathedral. During his time at Bristol, Matt pursued a freelance career in the South West collaborating with many artists and ensembles including War Horse director Tom Morris for performances of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Handel’s Messiah at the Bristol Old Vic.

Matt is currently a grateful recipient of a scholarship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust and The Crome Scholarship.

Matt Paine | Countertenor