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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‘The Pearl Fishers’ in Chicago

Continuing his season of performances at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Matthew Polenzani steps into one of his most acclaimed roles, Nadir, in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers with performances from November 19 through December 10. Mr. Polenzani’s portrayal of Nadir at The Metropolitan Opera stunned {...}

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R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier on Blu-ray & DVD available for pre-order

The DVD of the latest Der Rosenkavalier from the Metropolitan Opera,  a LIVE in HD recording of Renée Fleming’s and Elīna Garanča’s last ever performances in this opera, counted with the “marvelous, golden tenor” (Washington Post) of Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. This {...}

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Upcoming Performances

The Pearl Fishers

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago, IL
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L’Elisir d’Amore

The Metropolitan Opera
New York City, NY
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La Favorite

Bayerische Staatsoper
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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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