Palm Beach Opera to Present Matthew Polenzani at 2019 Gala

West Palm Beach, Florida (May 1) — Palm Beach Opera is honored to announce that internationally-renowned tenor Matthew Polenzani will headline the company’s 2019 Gala on March 2, 2019, at Manalapan’s luxurious Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

Praised by The New York Times for his “ardor, richness and power,” Polenzani is among the most gifted tenors of his time. This season, the Chicago native returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing in Rigoletto and Les Pêcheurs de Perles before heading to The Metropolitan Opera to perform Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, which can be seen on PBS when the network’s latest season of Great Performances at the Met that premiered nationwide on April 29.

Regarded as “perhaps the finest tenor voice of his generation” by The Phoenix, Polenzani has starred in more than 300 performances at the Met, including La traviata, Roméo et Juliette, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Die Zauberflöte, with a repertoire of diverse performances at leading operatic and concert venues worldwide.

Mozart’s Librettist

Not often mentioned with the same reverence as the composer, the work of a librettist is no less important to a genre which, from its inception, sought to combine the magical forces of music and drama to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

While Mozart is the very definition of a household name (even among folks who can’t even name one of his works), his most successful collaborator is all-but-unknown to those who are not ardent opera fans. The Venetian writer, Lorenzo Da Ponte, wrote the libretti for three of Mozart’s most celebrated operas; The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi Fan Tutte. And yet you may have never heard of him.

The Life of Lorenzo Da Ponte

By Michele Pekenino (engraver, 19th century) after Nathaniel Rogers (American, 1788-1844)

Born in the Jewish ghetto of Venice, Lorenzo converted to Christianity as a youth when his widower father married a Catholic woman. Emboldened by an opportunity not yet given to Jews, he entered the priesthood to have access to higher education.

Palm Beach Opera 2018-19 Mainstage Season Announcement

Palm Beach Opera has announced its 2018-2019 mainstage opera season, which will include performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, as well as a new concert, Rising Stars of Opera. All of Palm Beach Opera’s thrilling and elaborate productions will be performed in the Dreyfoos Concert…

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