Matthew Polenzani (tenor), Julius Drake (piano), Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Matthew Polenzani is enjoying a rich vein of artistic form and a successful operatic career. Last season, the American tenor sang several leading roles in major houses: Ferrando and the Duke of Mantua at the Met, Des Grieux at Covent Garden, and Faust at the Deutsche Oper. Yet in the midst of yet another season of high profile, jet-setting operatic engagements, Polenzani is devoting several months to what he has called “a personal passion”: the art song.
Polenzani made his Washington, D.C. recital debut January 14 under the auspices of Vocal Arts D.C. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. Surveying the art songs of five composers writing in three different languages and spanning three centuries, he offered some richly poetic, stylistically varied explorations of romantic rapture, tragic despair, droll humor, and understated ribaldry…
Read the full review at Musical America (paywalled).