This season, tenor Matthew Plenk returns to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanniand to the Opera Theater of St. Louis as Macduff in Macbeth. He also sings Handel's Messiah with the UMS in Ann Arbor and with the Minnesota Orchestra and appears in Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York in a performance of Filas' Requiem.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007/2008 season as the Sailor’s Voice in Tristan und Isolde under the batonof Maestro James Levine, a role he repeated under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. He has since returned to the Met as Arturo, Janek in The Makropolous Case, the Song Seller in Il Tabarro and Marcellus in Hamlet, and appeared as Arturo in the Met’s 2011 tour of Japan. Other recent opera engagements have included his debuts at the Los Angeles Opera as Steuerman in Die fligende Holländer and the Opera Theater of St. Louis as Frederick in The Pirates of Penzanze, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Virginia Opera, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Des Moines Metro Opera, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte at the Atlanta Opera, Don Ottavio at the Boston Lyric Opera and the Des Moines Metro Opera, Nanki-Poo in The Mikada at the Virginia Opera, and Ferrando, Nanki-Poo, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kudrjáš in Janácek’s Kat’a Kabanová with the Yale Opera.
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