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Lamont School of Music

Newman Center for the Performing Arts


Matthew Plenk

Matthew Plenk

Assistant Professor, Voice

Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 422
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This season, tenor Matthew Plenk returns to the Cleveland Orchestra (Orff, Schubert), and is excited to perform the Filas Requiem again, this time in several venues around the Czech Republic. The past seasons highlights include making his debut with RAI Torino (Dutchman), Boulder Philharmonic (Britten-Ballad of Heroes), and the Eugene Concert Choir (Mozart c minor mass) with the Baltimore Symphony (Orff) and Central City Opera (Cosi fan tutte). This is Matthew's inaugural year as Director of Opera at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music where he is also an Assistant Professor of Voice.

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Mr. Plenk made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007/2008 season as the Sailor's Voice in Tristan und Isolde under the baton of 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 operatic engagements have included performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Virginia Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Des Moines Metro Opera.

Mr. Plenk's concert performances have been with University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Houston Symphony and with the Minnesota Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra ,Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl (with Gustavo Dudamel), Boston Symphony Orchestra (with James Levine) and the Philadelphia Orchestra (with Charles Dutoit), Oratorio Society of New York in Carnegie Hall and appearances at the Aspen Music and La Jolla Summerfest festivals, and with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Hartford Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Los Angeles based Musica Angelica Baroque, Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, University of North Carolina Symphony and Yale Philharmonia, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

In 2005 Mr. Plenk was one of sixteen singers invited to work with Naxos Records and Yale University in a collaborative project to record the complete songs of Charles Ives.

He is a Samling Scholar, and holds a bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of Music and a master's degree from Yale University. His many awards include Grand Finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, First Place winner of the Five Towns Music Competition and Grand Prize winner at the Music Lovers Competition.