Matthew Supramanaiam (Chorister until 2011) played the Boy in the world premiere of the opera The Flight of the Jade Bird, which opened the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 at the Esplanade Concert Hall in May.
Performing alongside the world’s leading erhu player, Singapore's leading cellist, and top soprano, along with other leading musicians, music critics gave Matthew glowing reviews – the following appeared in the press:
"Boy Soprano, Matthew Supramaniam sang the crucial role of the boy beautifully, with just the right mix of earnestness and vulnerability ..." The Business Times
"A rising star...[Matthew Supramaniam] who as the boy displayed great confidence and was the epitome of purity..." Dr Chan Tou Liang, Singapore’s leading music critic, in the Straits Times.
One of the influential blog articles stated:
"the highlight of the performance was for me the beautiful voice of the young boy provided by Matthew Supramaniam, a student of Eton College, who has been described as the boy with a golden voice."
In his final year at St John's, Matthew held the George Guest Memorial Medal and is currently a Music Exhibitioner at Eton College who were very kind enough to release him from School for a week for the production. St John's and Eton both have a long history of alumni (and indeed current members) success in opera and the professional music world in general – our Alumni page gives details of some of our musical alumni and links to alumni's individual websites.
Every year St John's Choristers are awarded music scholarships at the country's top schools, a result, St John's hopes, of the excellent teaching they receive at St John's College School and the training and experience they enjoy whilst singing as Choristers in the Choir. Find out more about becoming a Chorister.