Der Rosenkavalier / Metropolitan Opera

Wilborn Hampton

The Huffington Post

... Matthew Polenzani delivers a star turn as the Italian tenor."

Wilborn Hampton – The Huffington Post

“In this production, Matthew Polenzani was dressed as an Enrico Caruso look-alike, and handed the Marschallin one of his records, in its paper sleeve, before singing his aria. Polenzani was fully up to the challenge of impersonating one of the greatest singers of all time in one of the most beautiful pieces in all of opera — and Carsen had everything else on stage stop so that everyone could listen while he sang in a spotlight, giving the moment the frame it deserves, and making it one more memorial to lost innocence and past grandeur. Kudos to Polenzani for pulling it off.”

Anne Midgette – Washington Post

“A textbook celebrity cameo, Matthew Polenzani makes an entertaining appearance as the Italian Singer, strutting about, Caruso-like, and sporting a marvelous, golden tenor.”

Eric C. Simpson – New York Classical Review

“The scene evolves into near-bedlam, as the princess receives various petitioners and is entertained by an Italian tenor (here, Matthew Polenzani in fine voice).”

Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times

“As the Italian Singer, tenor Matthew Polenzani arrived onstage dressed as Caruso and presented the Marschallin with one of his recordings before singing with panache and ping.”

James L. Paulk – Classical Voice America

“A host of notable singers joined the cast including a very popular cameo by American tenor Matthew Polenzani. He had his 15 minutes of fame, the limelight and a thunderous ovation following his beautiful rendition of Di Rigormi armato il seno in the role of “an Italian singer.”

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