Matthew Polenzani

Natalia Katyukova, pianist

American tenor Matthew Polenzani is one of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation. His elegant musicianship, innate sense of style, dramatic commitment, and timeless artistry have established his continued presence at leading operatic, concert, and recital venues worldwide.

His program with Natalia Katyukova featured works by Robert Schumann, Francis Poulenc, Gerald Finzi, and Charles Ives.

This performance streamed November 30 – December 11, 2020

“Polenzani assembled a program both familiar and novel. An opening set of Schubert songs zeroed in on the pain of solitude pervading the composer’s work, all the more poignant during this period of social isolation.”

Charles T. Downey,
Washington Classical Review

“Pianist Katyukova, a worthy partner throughout the recital, matches Polenzani’s colors throughout, providing gorgeously detailed postludes, and their triumphant delivery…brings the cycle to a very satisfying conclusion.”

Judith Malafronte,
Opera News

“The recital gives the audience a stunning view of the best that the art form can be. With songs drawn from Schubert, Finzi, Schumann, Poulenc, and Ives, there is something that can entice any voice aficionado.”

Timothy Bostwick,
NATS: Voices of COVID-19 Project

“Is there a better Mozart tenor before the public than Matthew Polenzani? Unlikely. The Evanston native brought a fresh element to the show, singing with rich, vibrant tone as well as a dramatic urgency that elevated the entire production.”

Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

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