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Matthew Polenzani to give master class with Yale Opera Dec. 2

September 18, 2013


Yale Opera is delighted to announce that world-renowned tenor and Yale Opera alumnus Matthew Polenzani ’94MM will give a master class in Sprague Hall on Monday, December 2 at 7 pm.

One of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation, Matthew 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 Mr. Polenzani returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, conducted by James Levine, and in Verdi’s Rigoletto, opposite Dmitri Hvorostovky and Alexandra Kurzak. He is Massenet’s Des Grieux in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and he makes his role debut as Tito in David McVicar’s production of La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera of Chicago, opposite Joyce DiDonato.

Polenzani makes his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin opposite Elina Garanca and Ildebrando D’arcangelo, as Berlioz’s Faust, under the baton of Sir Donald Runnicles. He then returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for I Capuleti e i Montecchi, with Elina Garanca as Romeo, and Riccardo Frizza conducting. Concert appearances include Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and with the LA Philharmonic in La Traviata, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting.

Mr. Polenzani will work with several of the talented singers in the Yale Opera program on a variety of operatic repertoire. The class will also feature pianists Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin.

The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.