Così fan tutte / The Metropolitan Opera
The New York Times
His singing of Ferrando had Mozartean elegance along with exciting, tenorial ping."
From The Classical Review; Marion Lignana Rosenberg writes: “As Ferrando, Matthew Polenzani turned in the best singing of the evening, taking the repeat of Un’aura amorosain a soulful, ravishing mezza voce, summoning rapture in his duet with Fiordiligi (especially at Volgi a me pietoso il ciglio), and even performing the rarely heard Act II aria Ah, lo veggio.”
From The Financial Times; Martin Berheimer writes: “The cast was dominated by Matthew Polenzani who, even with a cold, sang Ferrando’s three difficult arias with astonishing ease, refinement and urgency.”
From The Huffington Post; Wilborn Hampton writes: “The tenor Matthew Polenzani delivers a breathtaking rendition of the touching aria ‘Un’aura amorosa,’ his pianissimo passages barely a whisper that carries to every corner of the house.”
From The New York Times; Anthony Tommassini writes: “A born lyric tenor, he has been branching into heavier repertory that requires vocal heft and carrying power, like the title role in Offenbach’s ‘Tales of Hoffmann.’ His singing of Ferrando had Mozartean elegance along with exciting, tenorial ping. He brought honeyed sound and melting pianissimos to the sublime aria ‘Un’aura amorosa,’ in which Ferrando reflects on the constancy (or so he assumes) of his beloved Dorabella.”