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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Chicago Voices Gala to be broadcast on PBS

The February 2017 Chicago Voices gala, which was held at Chicago Lyric Opera’s Civic Opera House to celebrate the Windy City’s diverse musical heritage, will be broadcast on PBS August 10 at 10 PM ET (check local listings). The Great Performances presentation was hosted by Renée Fleming and featured {...}

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Role debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making Puccini’s La Bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. From June 16 until July 14, Matthew Polenzani debuts as Rodolfo at the Royal {...}

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Upcoming Performances


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La Bohème

Teatro Massimo
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Iolanta (Role Debut)

Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
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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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“Matthew Polenzani has developed into a first -rate Rodolfo. He combined the eagerness and the spontaneity with -on…