2018/19 Season Preview
After his triumphant 2017/18 season, Matthew Polenzani gears up for a new season of debut and signature roles at the world’s premiere opera houses, with additional concert and recital appearances throughout Europe and the United States.
Mr. Polenzani will begin the 2018/19 season with his return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo, in a production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle revived by David Kneuss (October 13, 18, 21, 24, 28 & November 2). He then travels to the Teatro Massimo di Palermo to sing Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème led by Daniel Oren (December 13, 16, 18). Following this engagement, he returns to The Metropolitan Opera for his role debut as Vaudémont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, where he will share the stage with soprano Sonya Yoncheva in a production by Mariusz Treliński (January 24, 28 & February 1, 4, 9, 14). He also sings the title role in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito led by Lothar Koenigs at the Met (March 30 & April 3, 6, 11, 16, 20). He ends his operatic engagements this season with his highly anticipated role debut as Don José in Francesca Zambello’s staging of Bizet’s Carmen at San Francisco Opera (June 5, 11, 14, 20, 23, 26, 29).
His international concert engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Metropolitain Montréal (October 16); a concert with the New World Symphony led by Roberto Abbado (November 16, 17); and a recital with Julius Drake at Carnegie Hall in a program of Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, and Janáček (February 24). His final concert engagement of the season will be “An Evening with Matthew Polenzani” gala for Palm Beach Opera on March 2.