This season, tenor Matthew Plenk returns to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and 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 at 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 baton of Maestro James Levine, a role he repeated under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. He has since returned to the Met as Tamino in The Magic Flute, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, 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 Der 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 Mikado 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.
Mr. Plenk made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, singing the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzerand duets by Schumann. Other concert engagements have included his CSO debut in August of ’15 singing Steuerman at Ravinia, performances of Salome and Daphne with the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland and in New York, Borsa in a concert performance of Rigoletto with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Shepherd in Oedipus Rex with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra (with James Levine) and the Philadelphia Orchestra (with Charles Dutoit), his debut at the Tanglewood Festival as Iopas in Berlioz’ Les Troyens with James Levine conducting, 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.
Mr. Plenk has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Voice at The University of Denver’s Lamont School of music. He is a Samling Artist, 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.