Matthew Polenzani

American tenor Matthew Polenzani made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2003 as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and returned in 2009 as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Winner of Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award, he has appeared in several roles with that company, including Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Belmonte, Alfredo Germont (La Traviata), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Fenton (Falstaff), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), and Ernesto (Don Pasquale), among many others. Polenzani’s recent engagements include Tamino at Los Angeles Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and the Met; Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore) at the Met, Vienna State Opera, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, and Rome Opera; des Grieux (Manon) at Milan’s La Scala, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Ferrando and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) at Paris Opera; Belmonte and Roméo with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Edgardo and the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) with the Vienna State Opera; Don Ottavio at the Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, and Covent Garden; the title role of Idomeneo at Turin’s Teatro Regio; and the title roles of Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Werther with Lyric Opera of Chicago. A recipient of the 2004 Richard Tucker Award, Polenzani’s other career highlights include Alfredo at Florence’s Teatro Comunale; Edgardo at Cagliari’s Teatro Lirico; also Ferrando at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.