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Performer: Matthew Polenzani

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MadridCiclo de Lied: Matthew Polenzani & Julius Drake

Schubert, Finzi, Schumann, Poulenc, Ives
Matthew Polenzani; Julius Drake

MunichFestspiel-Liederabend: Matthew Polenzani & Julius Drake

© Fay Fox
Matthew Polenzani; Julius Drake

MunichIdomeneoNew production

Idomeneo
Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Constantinos Carydis; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Phyllida Barlow; Matthew Polenzani; Emily D'Angelo; Olga Kulchynska
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MunichIdomeneoNew production

Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Constantinos Carydis; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Phyllida Barlow; Matthew Polenzani; Emily D'Angelo; Olga Kulchynska
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Camilla Nylund makes impressive Met debut in Rosenkavalier revival

Camilla Nylund (Marschallin) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
The Met revives Robert Carsen's updated production of Der Rosenkavalier with a strong cast led by Camilla Nylund.  Sir Simon Rattle led the Met Orchestra in an inspired and detailed reading of the score.
*****
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Splendid ensemble in The Met's revival of La clemenza di Tito

Joyce DiDonato (Sesto) and Elza van den Heever (Vitellia) © Jonathan Tichler | Met Opera
The Met's revival of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 1984 production of La clemenza di Tito is given a new breath of life with superb conducting and an excellent ensemble of singers.
****1
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Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Mariusz Treliński's double bill pairing returns to the Metropolitan Opera with fine performances from Sonya Yoncheva and Gerald Finley in the leads. 
****1
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La bohème at ROH: a simple tragedy, heart-rendingly told

Maria Agresta (Mimì), Matthew Polenzani (Rodolfo) in Act 4 © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
A committed cast make this  a beautifully performed ensemble piece in which the tragedy of young love cut short by untimely disease is compellingly put across.
****1
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Surrealist Rigoletto impresses at the Lyric

Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Matthew Polenzani (Duke of Mantua) © Todd Rosenberg
The Lyric Opera’s new production of Rigoletto evokes visually the contours and high-contrast relief of a surrealist painting. 
***11
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Salonen’s Mahler at Carnegie Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen has an obvious vision on how to conduct Mahler, relentelsly driving the orchestra in the direction he wants.
****1
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