Matthew A. Plenk
Tenor
New England First Place Winner, 2007
National Council Semifinalist, 2007

This season Matthew Plenk remains on the Met roster, where currently he covers Fernando in Così fan tutte and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte; he made his Met debut in that role last December. The tenor also performed Tamino with Virginia Opera last season. Other recent roles were Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Steuerman in Die fligende Holländer in his Los Angeles Opera debut. Matthew’s recent concert appearances include Bach’s “Saint Matthew Passion” with the New York Oratorio Society in Carnegie Hall and Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells” with the Kansas City Symphony.

 

A native of Lindenhurst, New York, Matthew earned his Bachelor of Music at the Hartt School of Music, where he appeared as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and his Masters from the Yale School of Music. At Yale the tenor appeared as Rodolfo, Ferrando, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nanki-poo in The Mikado, the Italian tenor in Capriccio, and Kudrjàs in Janàček’s Kat’a Kabanova. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Matthew made his Met Opera debut in the 2007/2008 season as the Sailor’s Voice in Tristan und Isolde. Other Met roles have included Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at home and in Japan, Janek in The Makropolous Case, the Song Seller in Il Tabarro, and Marcellus in Hamlet. In the 2012-13 Met season Matthew covered Antonio in The Tempest and Hylas in Les Troyens.

 

Matthew has appeared on stage as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Boston Lyric Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Atlanta Opera, and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado at Virginia Opera. His opera-in-concert engagements have included A Jew in Salome with the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland and in Carnegie Hall, Borsa in a concert performance of Rigoletto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Shepherd in Oedipus Rex with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and his Tanglewood Festival debut as Iopas in Berlioz’ Les Troyens.

 

Matthew made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, singing the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer and duets by Schumann. Other concert engagements have included appearances with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Hartford Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Los Angeles-based Musica Angelica, the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, and the University of North Carolina Symphony. The tenor is a Samling Scholar, First Place winner of the Five Towns Music Competition.

 

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