Matthew Plenk, tenor

Associate Professor of Voice

Artistic Director Lamont Opera Theatre

University of Denver

Lamont School of Music

2344 E Iliff Ave

Denver, CO 80210

Matthew.plenk@du.edu

Matthewplenk.us

 

Education

Artist Diploma, Yale University, New Haven, CT – 2007

            Voice Performance – Emphasis; Opera

MM, Yale University, New Haven, CT – 2006

            Voice Performance – Emphasis; Opera

BM Cum Laude, University of Hartford; Hartt School of Music – 2004

            Voice Performance

Professional Training

Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Metropolitan Opera – 2007 – 2010

            James Levine, Music Director; Brian Zeger, Executive Director

            Specialized training in music, language, dramatic coaching, and movement from the Met’s artistic staff and invited master teachers; Scotto, Allen, Te Kanawa, Hampson, van Dam, Hagegård, Grist, Valente, Soviero, Polenzani, Beczala, Fisher, Wadsworth.  Monthly masterclasses with James Levine. Role assignments in Met productions.  Role study, annual song recitals and patron concerts.

 

Samling Scholar Masterclass, Newcastle, Cumbria, UK, – 2008

            Karon Wright, Founding Artistic and Executive Director

           

International workshop with an emphasis on song repertoire and individual artistry. Studied with Malcom Martineau, Paul Farrington, and Amanda Roocroft.

Current Position

Associate Professor of Voice – 2015 – Present

Aritstic Director of Opera

University of Denver; Lamont School of Music

Denver, CO

Duties include teaching Applied Voice for the following degrees: Artist Diploma, Performer’s Certificate, Master of Music, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts. Coach singers and pianists on various styles of vocal music. Teach undergraduate courses on diction. Direct productions for Lamont Opera Theatre. Perform various solo recitals and Lamont Symphony Orchestra concerts. Recruiting duties have included an audition trip to Interlochen to hear and record auditions. Serve on Faculty Senate, Curriculum, Recital Board, Graduate Academic Review, and Master of Music Oral Examination Committees Teaching Evaluation Task Force.

 

Other Teaching Positions

Private Voice Teacher                                                                                                                2003 – Present

Various locations, USA

Teach voice lessons to students of varying degrees of proficiency and ability. Addressing voice technique, sight singing, basic music theory and language.

Denver, CO, Hartford, CT, New Haven, CT, Portland, OR, New York, NY

Voice Teaching Assistant                                                                                                            2004 – 2007

Yale University; Yale School of Music

New Haven, CT

            Teaching voice lessons to undergraduate voice majors and non majors.

            Serve on Voice Juries Committee.

Student Accomplishments

            Master of Music Candidate – Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins                               2020

            Participant – Song Studio at Carnegie Hall w/ Renee Fleming                                           2020

            Participant – Aspen Music Festival and School +                                                              2020    

            Masters Candidate – University of Michigan                                                                    2020

            Participant – Orvieto Musica                                                                                          2019

            Participant – Music Academy International                                                                       2018

            Participant – Dramatic Voices Program Berlin                                                                  2019

            Master of Musical Arts Candidate – Yale University                                                         2019

            1st Place Winner – Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition                                               2019

            Emerging Artist – Virginia Opera Emerging Artist Program                                                2018

            Soloist – Boulder Philharmonic                                                                                       2017

            Soloist – Opera in the Ozarks                                                                                          2016

            Master of Music – Mannes School of Music                                                                      2020

            Magda, La Rondine, Chicago Summer Opera                                                                    2019

            Participant – Miami Music Festival                                                                                   2018

            Soloist – Lamont Chorale – Chichester Psalms                                                                   2018

            Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate – University of Miami                                                  2020

            Assistant to the Director, Lamont Summer Academy                                                        2018

Performance Experience

 

Opera

Central City Opera                      Central City, CO                       2022

            Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Alfred

Lamont Opera Theatre               Denver, CO                              2019

            Puccini, Il Trittico, Luigi

RAI Torino                                  Torino, ITALY                          2018

            Wagner, Der Fliegende Holländer, Steuermann

The Cleveland Orchestra          Cleveland, OH                          2018

            Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Young Sailor/Shepherd

Central City Opera                    Central City, CO                       2017

            Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Ferrando

Opera Theatre of St. Louis        St. Louis, MO                           2016

            Verdi, Macbeth, Macduff

Lyric Opera of Kansas City      Kansas City, MO                       2015

            Mozart, Don Giovanni, Don Ottavio

Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Ravinia Festival      Highland Park, IL         2015

            Wagner, Der fliegender Holländer, Steuermann

The Metropolitan Opera          New York, NY                           2014 – 2015

            Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor, Arturo                           

            Mozart, Don Giovanni, Don Ottavio – cover

            Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, David – cover

            Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, Tamino – cover

The Metropolitan Opera          New York, NY                           2013 – 2014

            Mozart, The Magic Flute, Tamino

            Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Ferrando – cover

Virginia Opera                         Norfolk, Fairfax, VA                  2013

            Mozart, The Magic Flute, Tamino

Opera Theatre of St. Louis     St. Louis, MO                           2013

            Gilbert & Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance, Frederick

Los Angeles Opera                  Los Angeles, CA                        2013

            Wagner, Der fliegende Holländer, Steuermann

The Metropolitan Opera         New York, NY                           2012 – 2013

            Ades, The Tempest, Antonio – cover

            Berlioz, Les Troyens, Hélas – cover

Des Moines Metro Opera       Indianola, IA                             2013

            Mozart, Don Giovanni, Don Ottavio

The Metropolitan Opera         New York, NY                           2011 – 2012

            Janačeck, Makropolus Case, Janek

New York City Ballet                New York, NY                           2012

            Weill, The Seven Deadly Sins

Virginia Opera                         Norfolk, Fairfax, VA                  2012

            Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado, Nanki-Poo

Lyric Opera of Kansas City     Kansas City, MO                       2011

            Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Ferrando

The Metropolitan Opera Japan Tour      Tokyo, Nagoya, JAPAN     2011

            Donizetti, Lucia di Lamermoor, Arturo

The Metropolitan Opera          New York, NY                           2010 – 2011

            Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor, Arturo

Atlanta Opera                           Atlanta, GA                              2011

            Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Ferrando

Castleton Festival                    Castleton, VA                           2010

            Puccini, Gianni Schicchi, Rinuccio

The Metropolitan Opera          New York, NY                           2009 – 2010

            Thomas, Hamlet, Marcellus

            Puccini, Il Trittico, Song Seller

            Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, Italian Tenor – cover

Boston Lyric Opera                 Boston, MA                              2009

            Mozart, Don Giovanni, Don Ottavio

The Metropolitan Opera         New York, NY                           2008 – 2009

            Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Sailor’s Voice

            Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, Italian Tenor – cover

The Metropolitan Opera          New York, NY                           2007 – 2008

            Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Sailor’s Voice

Yale Opera                               New Haven, CT                        2004 – 2007

            Puccini, La Boheme, Rodolfo

            Puccini, Gianni Schicchi, Rinuncio

            Janačeck, Kat’a Kabanova, Kurdjaš

            Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Flute

            Poulenc, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Lacouf

 

Concert

Colorado Symphony           Denver, CO                              2022

            Bruckner: Te Deum

            Beethoven, 9th Symphony

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra        Denver, CO                              2021

            Donizetti, Love Potion no.9 – selections from L’elisir d’amore

Rogue Valley Symphony**        Medford, OR                            2021

            Hemenger, Ozymandias – World Premiere

Boulder Philharmonic        Boulder, CO                             2020

            Hemenger, Ozymandias (performance postponed)

The Cleveland Orchestra          Cleveland, OH                          2020

            Mozart, Requiem (performance postponed)

The Cleveland Orchestra      Cleveland, OH                          2020

            Beethoven, 9th Symphony (performance postponed)

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra         Denver, CO                              2020

            Beethoven, 9th Symphony, Choral Fantasy (performance postponed)

Rogue Valley Symphony          Medford, OR                            2020

            Hemenger, Ozymandias – World Premiere (performance postponed)

Eugene Concert Choir      Eugene, OR                              2020

            Beethoven, 9th Symphony, Choral Fantasy

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra      Denver, CO                              2019

            Mozart, Requiem

The Cleveland Orchestra       Cleveland, OH                          2019

            Schubert; Mass in Eb

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra       Denver, CO                              2019

            Mozart, Mass in C minor

Hradec Kralove Philharmonic       Prague, CZ                                2018

            Filas, Requiem; Oratio Spei

Hradec Kralove Philharmonic       Hradec Kralove, CZ                   2018

            Filas, Requiem; Oratio Spei

The Cleveland Orchestra            Cleveland, OH                          2018

            Orff, Carmina Burana

Eugene Concert Choir            Eugene, OR                              2018

            Mozart, Grand Mass in C minor & Verdi Arias/ Ensembles

Eugene Symphony Orchestra         Eugene, OR                              2017

            Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust, Faust

University Music Society        Ann Arbor, MI                          2017

            Beethoven, Missa Solemnis

Colorado Symphony Orchestra     Denver, CO                              2016

            Handel, The Messiah                                                      

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra       Baltimore, MD                          2016

            Orff, Carmina Burana                                                    

Aspen Music Festival and School        Aspen, CO                                2016

            Orff, Carmina Burana

Houston Symphony Orchestra         Houston, TX                             2015

            Handel, The Messiah

Minnesota Orchestra             Minneapolis, MN                      2015

            Handel, The Messiah

University Music Society             Ann Arbor, MI                          2015

            Handel, The Messiah

New York Oratorio Society         New York, NY                           2015

            Filas, Requiem; Oratio Spei

Lamont Symphony Orchestra     Denver, CO                              2015

            Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde

Eastern Music Festival              Greesboro, NC                          2015

            Mozart, Requiem

Cleveland Orchestra          Cleveland, OH                          2015

            Strauss, Daphne, Shepherd/Leukippos – cover

New West Symphony           Santa Monica, CA                     2015

            Mozart, Mass in C minor

Albany Symphony                Albany, NY                               2015

            Mozart, Requiem – reimagined

The Metropolitan Opera           Newark, NJ                               2015

            Donizetti, Verdi, – Belcanto récital at NJPAC

Oregon Symphony              Portland, OR                            2014

            Beethoven, 9th Symphony

Oratorio Society of New York           New York, NY                           2014

            Bach, St Matthew Passion, Arias

La Jolla Chamber Music Society           La Jolla, CA                              2013

            Bach, Cantata no. 99

            Brahms, Neue Liebeslieder Wälzer

Kansas City Symphony              Kansas City, MO                       2013

            Rachmaninoff, The Bells

Los Angeles Philharmonic             Los Angeles, CA                        2012

            Verdi, Rigoletto, Borsa

Cleveland Orchestra               Cleveland, OH                          2012

            Strauss, Salome, Second Jew

The New Choral Society           Scarsdale, NY                            2011, 2012

            Handel, The Messiah

Philadelphia Orchestra                Philadelphia, PA                        2011

            Stravinsky, Oedipus Rex, Shepherd                                  

Boston Symphony Orchestra       Boston, MA                              2011

            Stravinsky, Oedipus Rex, Shepherd

Music @ Menlo                   Atherton, CA                            2010

            Britten, Holy Sonnets of John Donne

UNC Symphony                 Chapel Hill, NC                        2010

            Orff, Carmina Burana

MET Chamber Ensemble           New York, NY                           2008

            Brahms, Liebslider/Neue Liebeslieder Wälzer

Boston Symphony Orchestra            Tanglewood, MA                       2008

            Berlioz, Les Troyens, Iopas

Orchestra di Sinfonica di Milano         Milan, ITALY                            2006 – 2007

            Lehar, The Merry Widow, Camille

            Puccini, Gianni Schicci, Rinuncio

Yale Symphony                     New Haven, CT                        2005

            Stravinsky, Persephone 

Recital

Lamont Faculty Recital Series          Denver, CO                              2022

            Schubert, Die Schöne Mullerin, Keith Ward, piano

Stanley Hotel Recital Series         Estes Park, CO                          2020

            Sahar Nouri, Pianist

Lamont Faculty Recital                    Denver, CO                              2019

            Steven Mayer, Pianist

Haverford College Concert Series     Haverford, PA                           2018

            The Music of Robert Schumann; Steven Mayer, Pianist         

Lamont Faculty Recital          Denver, CO                              2017

            The Music of Robert Schumann; Steven Mayer, Pianist

Lamont Society Recital Series          Denver, CO                              2015

            Chris Thompson, Pianist

Aspen Music Festival and School          Aspen, CO                                2013

            Janačeck, The Diary of One Who Vanished

 

Directing

L’enfent et les sortilege – Ravel          Denver, CO                              2022

            Lamont School of Music

Les Mamelles de Tiresias – Poulenc         Denver, CO                              2022

            Lamont School of Music

A Night at the Opera Gala         Denver, CO                              2021

            Lamont School of Music

Old maid and the Thief – Menotti         Denver, CO                              2021

            Lamont School of Music

Cabildo – Beach               Denver, CO                              2021

            Lamont School of Music

The Magic Flute – Mozart                Denver, CO                              2021

            Lamont School of Music

The Fairy Queen – Purcell (arr. Britten/Hoslt/Pears)         Denver, CO               2020

            Lamont School of Music

The Magic Flute – Mozart (performance postponed)             Denver, CO   2020

            Lamont School of Music

A Night at the Opera Gala              Denver, CO                              2019

            Lamont School of Music

The Firebringers – Kingsland                    Denver, CO                              2019

            Lamont School of Music

Il Trittico – Puccini                        Denver, CO                              2019

            Lamont School of Music

A Night at the Opera Gala                         Denver, CO                              2018

            Lamont School of Music

Die Fledermaus – J Strauss                        Yakima, WA                             2017

            Yakima Symphony Orchestra

 

Recordings

Requiem; Oratio Spei, Juraj Filas 

 

Arturo, Lucia di Lamermoor, Metropolitan Opera HD Live Broadcast  

 

Marcellus, Hamlet, Metropolitan Opera HD Live Broadcast  

 

Song seller, Il Trittico, Metropolitan Opera Live SIRIUS Broadcast  

 

Sailor’s Voice, Trisan und Isolde, Metropolitan Opera HD Live Broadcast  

 

Complete Songs of Charles Ives, Vol. 1; Naxos Records  

 

Complete Songs of Charles Ives, Vol. 2; Naxos Records  

 

Complete Songs of Charles Ives, Vol. 3; Naxos Records  

 

Complete Songs of Charles Ives, Vol. 4; Naxos Records  

 

The Audition, The Metropolitan Opera    

Professional Collaborations

Teachers

Gerald Martin Moore                                                                                                               

            Director of Yale Opera, Faculty at Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Curtis Institute,

            Vocal consultant for Decca Records

Deborah Birnbaum                                                                                                                   

            Breath Specialist

Laura Brooks Rice                                                                                                                    

            Voice Professor at Westminster Choir College, Artistic Director Co-Operative

Mark Oswald                                                                                                                            

            Metropolitan Opera Baritone, Manhattan School of Music

Richard Cross                                                                                                                          

            Voice Faculty at Yale

Joanna Levy                                                                                                                             

            Associate Professor of Voice at Hartt School of Music.

 

Conductors

James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Franz Welser-Möst, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, Thomas Adès, Partick Summers, Jiři Belohlavec, Louis Langrée, Jane Glover, Paul Gemignani, Gianandrea Noseda, Michael Stern, Kent Tritle, Ward Holmquist, Frederico Cortese, Gerald Steichen, Dominique Trottein, Edward Cumming, David Neely

Coaches

James Levine, Renata Scotto, Sir Thomas Allen, Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson, Jose van Dam, Håkan Hagegård, Reri Grist, Benita Valente, Diana Soviero, Malcom Martineau, John Fisher, Paul Farrington, Ken Noda, Vlad Iftinca, Eric Trudel, Robert Cowart, Matthew Polenzani, Piotr Beczala, Stephen Wadsworth and Renee Fleming

Awards

Grand Finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council   

Anchor Award, University of Hartford Alumni Association   

First place, Five Towns Music Competition    

First Place, Friday Woodmere Music Club Competition  

Fourth Place, Loren Zachary Society Competition