Leporello ETO Spring 2016
‘Matthew Stiff’s Leporello was beautifully sung’
ROBERT THICKNESSE - OPERA NOW
‘the Best of the singing came from Matthew Stiff as Leporello - the Catalogue aria was a highlight of the evening’
PETER REED - OPERA
'Stiff is excellent’
TIM ASHLEY - GUARDIAN
‘It became clear that this Don got his real pleasure from bullying the peasants and starving his servant Leporello (who was given human depth by Matthew Stiff, vocally the most impressive person on stage)’
IVAN HEWETT - TELEGRAPH
'His long-suffering servant Leporello, in Matthew Stiff’s hugely engaging vocal and stage portrayal, was co-star of the show. His aria to Donna Elvira cataloguing the Don’s conquests was superbly delivered'
‘British bass Matthew Stiff pretty much steals the show as a shambling, sonorous-voiced Leporello. Always funny and frequently hilarious, his singing is marked by a wonderful feeling for line that makes this so much more than the usual buffo performance’
STEVE SILVERMAN - OPERA BRITANNIA
Colline - ETO Spring 2015
'Matthew Stiff reveals a beautifully smooth bass voice in Colline’s wry farewell to his old coat'
RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN - TELEGRAPH
'Matthew Stiff makes a strong impression with his Colline, especially in his nobly delivered Coat Song'
GEORGE HALL - GUARDIAN
Matthew Stiff was a richly-voiced Colline, who sang his farewell to his coat beautifully'
CHARLOTTE VALORI - BACHTRACK
Kecal - BYO Autumn 2012
'Matthew Stiff's greedy, sly and manipulative Kecal provideded some moments of pure comedic genius'
EMILY OWEN - BACHTRACK
Man - Scotish Opera Edinburgh Festival 2013
'The singing, especially Matthew Stiff’s commanding baritone, is exquisite'
SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS
Hobson Grange Park Opera Summer 2014
'Matthew Stiff was a grimly convincing Hobson'
MELANIE ESKENAZI - MUSICOMH
Don Magnifico - Clonter Opera Summer 2010
'Matthew Stiff’s Don Magnifico was perfectly suited to this typically Rossinian patriarch role. He had vocal presence and comedic sensitivity.'
RHINEGOLD PUBLISHING - ANTONIA COULING