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Matthew Polenzani

Tenor

Biography

Matthew Polenzani in action.
Matthew Polenzani in Manon, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

American tenor Matthew Polenzani made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and has since sung Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Chevalier Des Grieux (Manon, in Covent Garden and on The Royal Opera's Japan tour) for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing the title role in Idomeneo.

Polenzani is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the 2008 Beverly Sills Award and a 2004 Richard Tucker Award. He sings regularly for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in roles including Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Alfredo Germont (La traviata), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio, Ferrando, the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and Roméo (Roméo et Juliette). He sings regularly for leading European opera houses including the Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra and the Vienna State Opera, in repertory including Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and the title roles in La clemenza di Tito, La Damnation de Faust and Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

Polenzani performs regularly in concert with leading US and European orchestras. Engagements have included Beethoven's Symphony no.9 with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Verdi's Requiem with Riccardo Chailly at La Scala, Milan. In his spare time he is an avid golfer.

News and features

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for Autumn Season 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for Autumn Season 2014/15

16 July 2014

I due Foscari, Idomeneo, and L'elisir d'amore and others on Opera on 3.

Your Reaction: Manon

Your Reaction: Manon

15 January 2014

A selection of audience tweets from the opening night of Massenet's classic.

Photos

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Audun Iversen as Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014 in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani in Manon, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Matthew Polenzani