SCHEDULE

2021




ABOUT

Matthew Peña begins the 2020/21 season as the Soldier in Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Landestheater Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz before making his debut at the Anhaltisches Theater as Heurtebise in Philip Glass's Orphée. He'll also return to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for productions of Idomeneo, Salome and Babylon.


Last season, he debuted the 3. Jew in Salome at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, as well as Snout/Wall in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several performances were postponed, including Tschekalinski in Queen of Spades at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1. Trojan in Idomeneo at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the tenor soloist in the Verdi Requiem at the Berliner Philharmonic with the Neue Philharmonie.


Other recent engagements include Trin in La Fanciulla del West at Oper Leipzig, Prince Radjami in Kalman's Die Bajadere with the Theater und Orchester 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 Symohony with the Neue Philharmoinie.


In previous seasons 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 Vedo, 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.