Tenor Matthew Polenzani is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award and a 2004 Richard Tucker Award. Among his many roles at The Metropolitan Opera are Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Alfredo Germont in Verdi’s La traviata, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. He is a frequent guest at all of the leading European opera houses, including London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Bavarian Staatsoper; Opéra National de Paris; Vienna Staatsoper; and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. His repertoire also includes Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and the title roles in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Massenet’s Werther, and Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann.
Mr. Polenzani has appeared in concert with leading U.S. and European orchestras, and recent highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Chailly at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.
Upcoming projects include roles in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (with staging by Robert Carsen), Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera, and Tamino at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Upcoming concert appearances include a performance of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.