This season, tenor Matthew Plenk debuts with the Baltimore Symphony and Central City Opera and makes his directorial debut with Die Fledermaus at Lamont Opera Theatre. Last season’s performances included Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and, at the Opera Theater of St. Louis, Macduff in Macbeth. He also performed Handel’s Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, the Minnesota Orchestra and Houston Symphony, and he appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York in a performance of Filas’s Requiem.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Mr. Plenk made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007-08 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 in Lucia di Lammermoor, Janek in The Makropolous Case, the Song Seller in Il Tabarro and Marcellus in Hamlet; and he appeared as Arturo in the Met’s 2011 tour of Japan. Other recent opera engagements have included the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Virginia Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Atlanta Opera.
Mr. Plenk made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, singing the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer and duets by Schumann. Other concert engagements have included concert performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as performances at the Tanglewood, Aspen and La Jolla music festivals. 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 is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, a Samling Scholar, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master’s degree from Yale University.