Mr. Polenzani has a ringing,
clarion lyric tenor that he
can push to heroic
heights ...

New York Sun

Tenor Matthew Polenzani is one of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation. His elegant musicianship, innate sense of style and dramatic commitment find him at virtually every leading operatic, concert and recital venue in the world.

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Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with the New York Philharmonic

Matthew Polenzani is the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, December 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 at David Geffen Hall. Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the performances, which also feature soprano Christina Landshamer, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and bass-baritone John {...}

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‘La bohème’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

Matthew Polenzani stars as Rodolfo in Puccini’s ever-popular La bohème, this season at the Bayerische Staatsoper in a classic production by Otto Schenk. Performances take place November 19, 23 & 26 at the Nationaltheater, with a cast including Serena Farnocchia as Mimì, Kelebogile Besong as {...}

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The Lincoln Center: Spotlight On...Matthew Polenzani

Tenor Matthew Polenzani sat down with us to chat about growing up in Chicago, his early music influences and one important meeting that forever changed the course of his career, steering him away from the classroom and toward the Metropolitan Opera stage.

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Thrilled to sing Handel’s Messiah with @nyphil & @GilbertConducts​ next week. 🎻Hope you can join us.

Go Bears! Excited to be singing the national anthem for @ChicagoBears v. @49ers, 1PM @ Soldier Field today!