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Matthew Polenzani

Matthew Polenzani


American tenor Matthew Polenzani made his Seattle Opera debut as Count Almaviva in the 2000 production of Rossini’s Barbiere di Sivigli. Polenzani made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1997 as Krushchov in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and has returned to that company many times. In leading Mozart tenor roles, the 2004 Richard Tucker Award winner’s performances at the Met include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Other recent roles include Count Almaviva at San Francisco Opera and the Met, Don Ramiro in Rossini’s Cenerentola at Santiago’s Teatro Municipal in Chile, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Italy, and Narraboth in Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Met. Polenzani has appeared at New York City Opera as Almaviva, Belmonte in Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail, and Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Recent engagements in Italy include Ferrando at Opera di Genova and Nemorino in Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. Other roles in Europe include Nemorino in Rome, Alfredo in Verdi’s Traviata at Aix and in Florence, and Rossini’s Count Almaviva in Munich.

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