Matthew Peña begins the 2021/22 season returning to the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau as Heurtebise in ORPHÉE by Philip Glass, followed by reprising the roles of Snout in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Der Soldat in DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS at Theater Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz. He then joins the world premiere of SLEEPLESS by Peter Eötvös as the 1. Fisherman at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Last season, he debuted the role of Raoul de Gardefeu in PARISER LEBEN for the 2021 Festspiele im Schlossgarten Theater Neustrelitz, as well as the roles in DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS at the Theater Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz and ORPHÉE at the Anhaltisches Theater.
Other recent engagements include 3. Jew in SALOME at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, as well as Snout in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Trin in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at Oper Leipzig, Prince Radjami in Kalman's DIE BAJADERE with the Theater Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz, Fenton in FALSTAFF and Marquis von Chateauneuf in ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN at the Volkstheater Rostock. Jakob in AMALIA! EINE WESTERNOPER, a special project of the Haydn Foundation in Bolzano, Italy, and in concert with the Staatsorchester Braunschweig and tenor soloist in Beethoven's NINTH SYMPHONY with the Neue Philharmoinie.
He has also appeared regularly in modern works, including Zad Moultaka's DELIRIO at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Visitor in Philip Glass's IN DER STRAFKOLONIE at Theater Kiel, and several at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, debuting Der Student Arkenholz in Reimann’s DIE GESPENSTERSONATE, Asle in Nikolaus Brass’s SOMMERTAG, the German premiere of Sciarrino's TI VEDEO, TI SENTO, MI PERDO, directed by Jürgen Flimm and conducted by Maxime Pascal, and the revised world premiere of Jörg Widmann's BABYLON.
Matthew joined the Stipendiat Ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2011 as a winner of the Opera Foundation prize, and since then, has been a frequent returning guest in roles such as Wirt/Tierhändler in DER ROSENKAVALIER, 1. Matrose in VASCO DA GAMA, Remendado in CARMEN, and 1. Geharnischter in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. Other notable debuts include Der Bucklige in DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN at the Bayerische Staatsoper, conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and Edmondo in MANON LESCAUT at both the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, on tour with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Palau de les Arts Renia Sofia in Valencia conducted by Plácido Domingo. He also recorded the role with Maestro Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, released by Decca in 2014.