Countertenor Dominic Mattos is in his first year of postgraduate study with Jane Irwin at the Royal Northern College of Music, generously supported by an award from Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, and an entry scholarship from the RNCM.
Prior to this Dominic studied privately with Tim Travers-Brown and completed the ATCL diploma through Trinity College London with distinction. He also spent three terms with the Morley College Opera School and with them performed in scenes from Gluck’s Orfeo e Euridicye (Orfeo), Handel’s Orlando (Medoro) and Theodora (Didymus), Dove’s Flight (Refugee), Offenbach’s Orphee Aux Enfers (L’Opinion Publique) and Massenet’s Cendrillon (Le Prince Charmant).
He has participated in masterclasses with Paul Farrington, Elaine Kidd and David Gowland and attended short courses led by Mary Plazas, Andrew Radley, Theresa Goble, John Ramster and Robin Bowman.
Recent engagements include the alto solos in Handel’s Dixit Dominus (Chandos Choir) and Purcell’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (Morley Chamber Choir), Hercules in Handel’s The Choice of Hercules (Benslow Baroque Oratorio), and chorus in The Crane by Verity Lane at the Grimeborn Festival (world premiere).
He has also performed in a number of lunchtime concerts and recitals, highlights of which include a programme of baroque arias and duets with soprano Joana Fragata and pianist Nuno Lopes, at the Palacio Foz in Lisbon in July 2019.
A recent convert to classical music Dominic had a prior career as a cabaret performer including appearances at the Aldeburgh Music Festival, the Metropolitan Room in New York, the Blackpool Grand, the Oxford Playhouse, the Jermyn Street Theatre, Stratford Playhouse, and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. He was also featured on BBC Radio 4.
As well as singing Dominic is passionate about creating and staging opera and he is also creative producer of The Opera Makers, a dynamic collective who specialise in radical re-workings of well-known operas. They have received a grant from ACE to present their first fully-staged production in 2021.