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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Don José in Munich

After his role debut was characterized by Seen and Heard International as “an unalloyed success”, Matthew Polenzani reprises the role of Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the Bayerische Staatsoper on January 17, 20, 24 and 26. Joining him are Varduhi Abrahamyan in the title role, Golda Schultz {...}

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Der Rosenkavalier and New Year’s Eve Gala at the Metropolitan Opera

From December 13 – January 4, Robert Carsen’s splendid staging of Der Rosenkavalier returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time since its blockbuster 2017 premiere, with Sir Simon Rattle on the podium to conduct Strauss’s glittering score. Matthew Polenzani reprises the short role of the {...}

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Upcoming Performances


Bayerische Staatsoper
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Tucson Desert Song Festival
Tucson, AZ
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Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
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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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