2018-19 Season: Don José in Carmen
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 and in 2013 in the title role of Tales of Hoffmann. Winner of the 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award and a 2017 Opera News Award, he has appeared in several roles with the Metropolian Opera, 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 2017-18 season includes a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles; Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Metropolitan Opera; his role debut as Rodolfo in Luisa Miller at Opernhaus Zürich; and Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2019, he makes his role debut as Don José in Carmen at San Francisco Opera.