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In conversation with Matthew Polenzani: The Duke in Las Vegas

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Performing Arts Examiner
By Melanie O’Neill

Chicago-born tenor Matthew Polenzani has garnered international recognition in an expanding array of operatic repertory. His refined technique and thoughtful characterizations have made him one of the most sought after tenors in the bel canto, lyrical, and Mozartian arenas. After a successful run of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte earlier this season at the Metropolitan Opera, Polenzani switches gears as he prepares for the Met revival of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Michael Mayer’s adaption of “Rigoletto,” which updates the setting to Las Vegas in the 1960s, premiered in February 2013 to great acclaim and will be remounted at the Metropolitan Opera from Nov. 11 through Dec. 7, 2013. Polenzani provides insight into his experiences singing the Duke and adapting this character to Mayer’s contemporary setting. MORE

Published November 5, 2013
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Matthew Polenzani to give master class with Yale Opera Dec. 2

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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. MORE

Published September 18, 2013
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