Matthew Buswell trained at the Royal College of Music (RCM). He completed a Master’s Degree in Performance, with Distinction, as well as a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Degree. Whilst at the RCM he performed a number of roles with the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS)including, L’arbre L’enfant et le sortilege, Superintendent Budd Albert Herring, Sarastro Die Zauberflöte; Il sonno Arianna in Creta and Licaone Giove in Argo (RCMIOS/London Handel Festival).
Matthew Buswell’s other operatic performances include Cadmus and Somnus Semele (London Early Opera), Wilfred The Yeomen of the Guard (Portsmouth Guildhall), Calmon The Little Green Swallow (British Youth Opera - BYO), Death Savitri (BYO), Figaro Le nozze di Figaro (Mid Wales Opera Young Artists’ Programme) and Mars/John Styx Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera Danube). His repertoire also includes Leporello Don Giovanni and Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte.
His solo concert performances have included Raphael & Adam in Haydn’s Creation (Guildford Cathedral), Mozart Requiem (St Martin-in-the-Fields), Beethoven Mass in C (St. John’s, Smith Square), Beethoven Symphony No 9 (Portsmouth University), Christus in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Highgate), Fauré Requiem (Temple Church) and Brahms Ein deutches Requiem (St Martin-in-the-Fields).
In the summer of 2016, Matthew Buswell joined Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist covering the role of Haly in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri. He recently returned to BYO to sing the 8 bass roles in Malcolm Williamson’s The English Eccentrics which is a piece with 39 roles for 5 singers. He also recently performed Count Monterone Rigoletto for Devon Opera.
His future engagements include Speaker, 2nd Priest, 2nd Armed Man The Magic Flute for Mid Wales Opera, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers in the Brandenburg Choral Festival at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
British Your Opera – English Eccentrics (Malcolm Arnold)
“A couple of voices stand out, especially …and Matthew Buswell, who turns the military man’s memoir writing into a raging tour de force.”
Andrew Clements /The Guardian / 8 September 2016
“Baritone Matthew Buswell demonstrated his dramatic nous and range as the nymphomaniac centenarian Tom Parr, desperate to wed and bed the Countess of Desmond (Polly Leech), and the rambunctious Captain Philip Thicknesse, an ‘ornamental hermit’ who struggles to pen his memoirs as his memory wanes. Buswell sang with finely pitched and focused tone and stood out for the clarity of his diction. “
Claire Seymour / Opera Today / September 2016