Matthew McKinney – Tenor

Matthew McKinney is a Scottish tenor and graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2021 he sang Henrik A Little Night Music for Buxton Opera Festival and will be an ensemble member for English Touring Opera, undertaking chorus, roles and covers across their 2022 education projects and mainstage season.

As a soloist Matthew has sung Haydn’s Creation, Harmoniemesse and Nelson Mass with the RCS Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor, Howell’s Requiem, Tippett’s 5 Negro Spirituals, Bernstein’s Chinchester Psalms and Goodhall’s Eternal Light Requiem. In 2019 Matthew premiered a new English arrangement of Erwin Schulhoff’s The Communist Manifesto and appeared as a soloist in the Usher Hall as part of Edinburgh International Festival’s concert series celebrating Young performers. 

Matthew has performed as a chorus member in Berlioz’ La Damnation du Faust, Jonathan Dove’s The Day After, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and as a Ghost Soldier in Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave. In 2020 he sang as a chorister with the New Generation Festival in their production of La Cenerentola at the Palazzo Corsini in Florence.

Matthew has twice appeared with the Monteverdi Choir at the BBC Proms and in France for a performance of Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust. He joined the prestigious Genesis 16 choral apprenticeship programme and was one of four young singers joining Dunedin Consort as part of the Bridging the Gap initiative (2018-19). In 2016 he featured as a soloist in the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s US tour with concerts including the annual 4th of July Independence Day celebration in Grant Park, Chicago.

At the RCS Matthew has won the Norma Grieg French Song competition, the Molly Robb competition for voice (adjudicated by Karen Cargill) and the RCS Governors’ recital prize for chamber ensembleHe was a finalist in the annual Elgar/Spedding Memorial Lieder Prize, commended in the Jean Highgate singing competition and highly commended in the Glasgow Grand Opera Society Cup for Voice. Matthew is especially grateful to the Robertson Trust, John Mather Rising Star scholarship, Help Musicians (Ian Fleming) Award, Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship, WFT Anderson Scholarship, The Underwood Trust Scholarship and The Dale Scholarship for supporting him through his studies and to his voice tutor Professor Stephen Robertson.

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YouTube playlist includes:

  • Phidylé, Duparc (recorded as live, with an audience Dec 2020)
  • At Day-Close in November, Winter Words, Britten (recorded in 2020)
  • Midnight on the Great Western or The Journeying Boy, Winter Words, Britten (recorded in 2020)
  • Wagtail and Baby (A Satire), Winter Words, Britten (recorded in 2020)
  • That I did always love, Jake Heggie (recorded remotely during lockdown in 2020)


Elle est gravement gaie, Clairières dans le ciel, Boulanger
Hébé, Op. 2 no.6., Chausson


“The best voices belong to Daniella Sicari as the young wife Anne Egerman and Matthew McKinney as her repressed son Henrik.”

The Telegraph

“Matthew McKinney’s attractive light tenor sound was well to the fore as Frederick’s son Henrik.”

British Theatre Guide

“Henrik, Frederick’s son, is a combustible mixture of uptight, intense trainee Lutheran pastor and teenage sexual frustration. Matthew McKinney nails both aspects of a character at odds with just about everyone.”

Classical Music Daily

“Matthew McKinney expertly charts Henrik’s self-lacerating sense of inadequacy”

The Stage


Credit: Sofia Yang Martinez