One of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation, Matthew
Polenzani will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, in Auer Hall. He will be accompanied by Jacobs faculty member Kevin Murphy, piano.
As part of the school’s “Five Friends Master Class Series,” Polenzani will then present a master class at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 31, in Auer Hall.
The “Five Friends Master Class Series,” honoring the lives of five talented Jacobs School students—Chris Carducci, Garth Eppley, Georgina Joshi, Zachary Novak and Robert Samels—was established last year with a gift of $1 million from the Georgina Joshi Foundation Inc.
Polenzani’s events are in honor of Eppley.
Polenzani has been praised for the artistic versatility and fresh lyricism that he brings to concert and operatic appearances on leading international stages.
This season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Mozart’s Così fan tutte conducted by James Levine and in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Polenzani is Massenet’s Des Grieux in Manon at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and he makes his role debut as Tito in La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The tenor makes his Deutsche Oper Berlin debut then returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Concert appearances include Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and La Traviata with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel conducting.
To date, Polenzani has sung over 285 performances at the Met, many conducted by his musical mentor James Levine. Other American appearances include Werther, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La Traviata, Roméo et Juliette, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Die Entführung, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for San Francisco Opera; and Die Zauberflöte with James Conlon at Los Angeles Opera.
Following Polenzani’s debut with Opera Bordeaux in France in 1998, his appearances in other major European theaters include productions at the Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Naples’ Teatro San Carlo, Rome Opera, Covent Garden, and Frankfurt Opera,
In recital, Polenzani has appeared in recital with Julius Drake at Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Celebrity Series Boston at Jordan Hall, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with pianist Richard Goode in a presentation of Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Vanished at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and in recital at the Verbier Festival with pianist Roger Vignoles.
Polenzani was the recipient of the 2004 Richard Tucker Award and Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award and was the student of the late-Margaret Harshaw.