Matthew Plenk is the Artistic Director of Lamont Opera Theatre at The University of Denver’s Lamont School of music where he is also appointed as Assistant Professor of Voice. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 while a
Matthew Plenk is the Artistic Director of Lamont Opera Theatre at The University of Denver’s Lamont School of music where he is also appointed as Associate Professor of Voice. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 while a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music, a Master’s degree from Yale University, and a Samling Scholar. Mr. Plenk has had the opportunity to study with some of the greatest artists in the world including Renatta Scotto, Sir Thomas Allen, Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson, Jose van Dam, Hakken Hagegård, Reri Grist, Benita Valente, Diana Soviero, Matthew Polenzani, and Piotr Beczala.
Since returning to the stage in November of 2022, Mr. Plenk has appeared with the Central City Opera as Nemorino, and Alfred, performed with the Colorado Symphony in the season finale as a soloist in Bruckner’s Te deum and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Matthew also presented a faculty recital at Lamont, performing the groundbreaking Schöne Müllerin with Keith Ward at the piano. In the 20-21 season, Matthew was scheduled to return to the Cleveland Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic (Donizetti, Beethoven, Mozart), and debut with the Rogue Valley Symphony, unfortunately, all were canceled for Covid. In October of 2022 he will premiere a new work with the Boulder Philharmonic, Ozymandias – To Sell a Planet, by Drew Hemenger.
Mr. Plenk has been seen on the operatic stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Virginia Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He has also had the honor of sharing some of the world’s greatest concert stages with the Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, and Minnesota Orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, RAI Symphony Nazionale, Baltimore, Houston, Colorado and Hartford Symphonies, University Musical Society, Aspen Music, and La Jolla Summerfest festivals, and with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
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 and 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.
Naxos Records and Yale University Charles Ives and his many awards include Grand Finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions,