La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper

Jeffrey A. Leipsic

Opera News

Tenor Matthew Polenzani was an exquisite Fernand, skillfully mixing Italianate tone with French style, showing a robust upper register in “Ange si pur” but tempering phrases above the staff with effective use of voix mixte, not to cover up any vocal deficiencies but to fit voice to line.

“Bayerische Staatsoper’s new production at Munich’s Nationaltheater (seen Oct. 23), sung in the original French, was graced with extraordinarily good singing … Tenor Matthew Polenzani was an exquisite Fernand, skillfully mixing Italianate tone with French style, showing a robust upper register in “Ange si pur” but tempering phrases above the staff with effective use of voix mixte, not to cover up any vocal deficiencies but to fit voice to line.”

Jeffrey A. Leipsic – Opera News