Matthew Polenzani News


by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

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Met's New Production of 'Rusalka' Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, 6/18Met's New Production of 'Rusalka' Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, 6/18
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2017

Kristine Opolais stars in her first Met performances of her breakthrough role, the title character in Antonin Dvoák's Rusalka, in a critically acclaimed new staging, directed by Mary Zimmerman and conducted by Mark Elder, on GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Sunday, June 18 at 12 p.m. on PBS (more...)

BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at Metropolitan Opera NYCBWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at Metropolitan Opera NYC
by Milette Shanon - May 16, 2017

Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan opera is divine.I had the wonderful opportunity to experience Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center NYC) this week. Well, the Met did it again! With a perfect, minimalist set, great costumes, creative choreography, and the perfect cast, this is an entertaining, beautiful and fun performance: Only the Met can provide such a top notch rendition of this famous classic. (more...)

LES PECHEUERS DE PERLES, CARMEN and More Set for The Met Live in HD's 2017 Summer Encore SeriesLES PECHEUERS DE PERLES, CARMEN and More Set for The Met Live in HD's 2017 Summer Encore Series
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Beginning Wednesday, June 21, the Met will present Summer Encores, featuring select performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series, in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States. The 2017 Summer Encores series offers screenings of four popular Live in HD transmissions: Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles (June 21), Verdi's Macbeth (June 28), Verdi's Nabucco (July 12), and Bizet's Carmen (July 19). (more...)

Peterborough Players to Present The Met's DER ROSENKAVALIERPeterborough Players to Present The Met's DER ROSENKAVALIER
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

On Saturday, May 13 at 12:30pm, the Peterborough Players will present a live streamed broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier.  (more...)

BWW Review: So-Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Renee Fleming in Met's ROSENKAVALIERBWW Review: So-Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Renee Fleming in Met's ROSENKAVALIER
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 26, 2017

For a new production that was supposed to mark a farewell for soprano Renee Fleming to a role (the Marschallin) if not to staged opera performance in general, Robert Carsen's version of Richard Strauss's DER ROSENKAVALIER at the Met seemed more of a farce and less a tale of regret about passing time than usual. And the “star” role seemed more of an aside than the center of it all. (more...)

BWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award WinnerBWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 18, 2017

Richard Tucker Music Foundation named soprano Nadine Sierra as winner of 2017 Richard Tucker Award; simultanously, it announced its roster of study and career grant recipients. (more...)

2017 Richard Tucker Award Goes to Soprano Nadine Sierra2017 Richard Tucker Award Goes to Soprano Nadine Sierra
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Soprano Nadine Sierra - who at 28 years old is already establishing herself as a fixture at many of the world's leading opera houses, including those of Paris, Milan, Berlin, and New York - was named today by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation as the winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award. (more...)

The Plaza Hotel Hosts 2017 OPERA NEWS AwardsThe Plaza Hotel Hosts 2017 OPERA NEWS Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

More than 400 opera aficionados and performers – including opera stars Harolyn Blackwell, Lauren Flanigan, Ailyn Pérez, Diana Soviero, Teresa Stratas and surprise presenter Renée Fleming, were among those who attended the 12th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards at The Plaza Hotel last night. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming, Kelli O'Hara and More at the 2017 OPERA NEWS AwardsPhoto Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming, Kelli O'Hara and More at the 2017 OPERA NEWS Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

More than 400 opera aficionados and performers – including opera stars Harolyn Blackwell, Lauren Flanigan, Ailyn Pérez, Diana Soviero, Teresa Stratas and surprise presenter Renée Fleming, were among those who attended the 12th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards at The Plaza Hotel last night. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 4/8/2017
by - Apr 8, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 4/8/2017. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Renée Fleming sings her final performances of one of her signature roles as the Marschallin in the Met's new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, opening April 13. Robert Carsen directs the new production—the company's first new staging of the piece since 1969—with Sebastian Weigle conducting all performances. The starry cast includes El?na Garan?a in her company role debut as the Marschallin's young lover, Octavian, opposite Erin Morley as Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between Marschallin and Octavian; Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin's oafish cousin; Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Sophie's father Faninal; and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Kathleen Kim sings Sophie in the April 28 and May 1 performances.   (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage after nearly 20 years to conduct The MET Orchestra in three concerts this May and June. The first concert in the series, on Wednesday, May 31, at 8:00 p.m., features an all-Mahler program with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and tenor Matthew Polenzani singing selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn alongside Symphony No. 1 in D Major. On Saturday, June 3 at 3:00 p.m., Maestro Salonen leads the orchestra in Schumann's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97, 'Rhenish' alongside Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, featuring mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill and tenor Stuart Skelton. For the final concert in The MET Orchestra series, on Tuesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m., Mr. Salonen conducts Mahler'sBlumine and Kindertotenlieder, featuring mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. Also on the program is Sibelius's Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105 and his Violin Concerto in D Minor, featuring guest soloist Christian Tetzlaff. Mr. Salonen last conducted in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in 1998. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 3/26/2017Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW - Mar 26, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for Connecticut (more...)

Susan Graham Announces Recital Tour at Met Opera, Met Orchestra and More!Susan Graham Announces Recital Tour at Met Opera, Met Orchestra and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

After a lavishly praised star turn in Washington National Opera's revival of Dead Man Walking this winter, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham turns to a U.S. tour in April of her equally successful and wide-ranging recital program, “Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations,” inspired by and centered on Schumann's iconic song cycle, with longtime recital partner Malcolm Martineau. She also joins a cast of the world's greatest opera luminaries to celebrate the Metropolitan Opera House's 50 Years at Lincoln Center in an Anniversary Gala; performs selections from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Met Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen in Carnegie Hall; and sings Berlioz's La mort de Cléopâtre, a staple of her signature French repertoire, with the San Antonio Symphony. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 3/19/2017Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW - Mar 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for Connecticut (more...)

Ravina Announces 2017 Summer SeasonRavina Announces 2017 Summer Season
by Kevin Pollack - Mar 15, 2017

James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, Susanna Malkki, Kent Nagano, a "virtual" Esa-Pekka Salonen, and three conductors making Chicago Symphony Orchestra debuts take the podium.  (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Casting Update for 50th Anniversary Gala, 5/7Metropolitan Opera Announces Casting Update for 50th Anniversary Gala, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

In addition to the previously announced artists appearing at the Met's 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center Gala on May 7, singers slated to appear include Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Calleja, Dwayne Croft, David Daniels, Yusif Eyvazov, Vittorio Grigolo, Christopher Job, Latonia Moore, Yunpeng Wang, and Dolora Zajick. (more...)

Warner Theatre's Met Opera Live Continues with Mozart's IDOMENEOWarner Theatre's Met Opera Live Continues with Mozart's IDOMENEO
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

The Warner Theatre's 2016-17 Met Opera Live in HD Season continues with Mozart's IDOMENEO in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre on Saturday, March 25 at 12:55 pm. A complimentary, 45 minute pre-opera lecture by Dr. Marguerite Mullee will be offered to all ticket holders in the Nancy Marine Studio Lobby at 11:00 am. (more...)

BWW Opera Showstopper: With One Aria, Elza van den Heever Steals the Met's IDOMENEOBWW Opera Showstopper: With One Aria, Elza van den Heever Steals the Met's IDOMENEO
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 13, 2017

No one can accuse the Met of skimping when it put together its current revival of Mozart's opera seria IDOMENEO. Yes, the production's 35 years old, but with this cast, it hardly mattered: tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, elegant and Mozartian to the nth degree, the suave and poignant mezzo Alice Coote as his son, Idamante, and the pristine, gorgeous soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia, the captured Trojan princess, under Music Director Emeritus James Levine. But it was the fourth of the leading players, the full-bodied lyric soprano Elza van den Heever, as Elettra, who blew the roof off. (more...)

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