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Matthew Robinson

Freddy Eynsford-Hill

Originally hailing from Rockhampton, Queensland, Matthew is fast establishing himself as a leading man of Australian music theatre.

Having joined the original Australian cast of Mamma Mia! direct from studying at WAAPA, his subsequent onstage roles include the title role in Pippin (Peter Cousens’ Kookaburra), the title role in the contemporary opera McCubbin (Hydra/NGV), Hortensio in Kiss Me Kate (The Production Company), the UK and Swedish Eurovision entrants in Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision (Glynn Nicholas), the narrator and musician in Two Weeks With The Queen (Windmill Performing Arts); Gene Gorman in the Australasian premiere of Sondheim’s Saturday Night (Magnormos); and, the role of Teague in the World premiere of Australian play God’s Last Acre (Playbox Theatre Company).

On television, Matthew has featured in guest roles on Stingers and Blue Heelers, appeared as a resident vocal coach on the Fox 8 reality series The Singing Office, performed alongside Mary Tyler Moore in A Most Deadly Family (Village Roadshow), been a special guest on Good Morning Australia and Mornings with Kerri-Anne and most recently appeared in the yet to be released Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks teleseries The Pacific.

As a writer, Matthew is the youngest ever recipient of Australia’s richest theatre-writing accolade, the Pratt Prize for Music Theatre, awarded for his first musical Metro Street. It was subsequently workshopped through The Production Company, produced in concert at the 2006 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and in 2007, received a showcase reading produced by Arts Asia Pacific, starring theatre legend Nancye Hayes. Metro Street is currently in development for its first full scale Australian production.

Matthew’s other compositions include whole or part contributions to: the Off Broadway revue Get Here (York Theater Company, N.Y.C.); the La Salle-SIA Music Theatre Degree Launch (Singapore); The Windows Project (ATYP and Darlinghurst Theatre seasons, Sydney); The Angels Project (ATYP); Five Minute Call (FOTW Theatre, Melbourne); Metrosexual; (Melbourne, Canberra seasons); Immaculate Confection (national tour); Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Perth season); and, countless contributions to charity concerts and cabaret projects throughout Australia, the USA and the UK. In 2003, Matthew was presented with the inaugural Judges’ Award for Original Music at the last ever Sydney Cabaret Convention for his work with upcoming star of Wicked, Lucy Durack.

Outside of his upcoming role as Freddy Eynsford-Hill in Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady, Matthew’s current project is the pop-opera group Forte (fortethegroup.com), a four-man concert act formed with the vision of bringing classical music to the Australian public through the rearrangement of Australian popular music for classical voice. For more information on Matthew, visit matthewrobinson.com.au.


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