Matthew Toogood holds the position of artistic director and conductor of the Heidelberg Choral Society and of music director for the Victoria Chorale and Shoestring Opera and of director of the Melbourne University Faculty of Music Choir. He has conducted the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as part of Symphony Australia’s program for young conductors.
With the Heidelberg Choral Society he has conducted concert performances of Verdi’s Macbeth and Nabucco and Puccini’s Turandot and for Melbourne Opera, he conducted performances in the company’s 2008 season of La Boheme, and performances of La Traviata and Tosca as part of its 2009 Melbourne and regional touring seasons. His concert work includes Elijah, the Mozart Requiem, Brahms’ ein Deutsches Requiem numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor, all for the Heidelberg Choral Society, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio for the Victoria Chorale and Monash University Choral Society and Messiah for Melbourne Opera and the Melbourne University Choral Society’s performances in Stuttgart, Munich, Bratislava, Prague and other European cities during 2010.
2010 has also included an internship with the Frankfurt Opera and in 2011 he will join the music staff of the Komische Oper in Berlin and will work on the company’s productions of Pique Dame, Don Giovanni, the Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, La Boheme, Rusalka, Salome, the Love For the Three Oranges, the Dialogue of the Carmelites and Barry Kosky’s production of Kiss Me Kate.