Matthew Peña begins the 2022/23 season debuting at Theater Bonn as Jack/Tobby Higgins in Weill's AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY. He then joins the ensemble at the Staatstheater Braunschweig for the season, appearing as Mime in DAS RHEINGOLD, as well as productions of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Lehar's CLOCLO and DOG DAYS by David T. Little. He also returns to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin as the 3. Jew in SALOME.
Last season, he retuned 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 and 2. Edler in LOHENGRIN at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Der Soldat in DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS at Theater Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz. He also appeared as the 1. Fisherman in SLEEPLESS by Peter Eötvös at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and in concert at MÜPA in Budapest, as well as debuting at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as the Jeweler & 1. Fisherman in the production. In addition, he appeared as Fenton in FALSTAFF at Theater Magdeburg, Howard Boucher in DEAD MAN WALKING, Messaggero in AIDA, and Baron Kronthal in DER WILDSCHÜTZ at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, and in the Konzerthaus Berlin in Fanny Hensel's ORATORIUM with the Berliner Cappella.
Other recent engagements include Raoul de Gardefeu in PARISER LEBEN, Prince Radjami in Kalman's DIE BAJADERE as well as der Soldat in DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS at the Theater Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz, Trin in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at Oper Leipzig, as well as Fenton in FALSTAFF and Marquis von Chateauneuf in ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN at the Volkstheater Rostock.
He has also appear 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 works at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, debuting Der Student Arkenholz in Reimann’s DIE GESPENSTERSONATE, Asle in Nikolaus Brass’s SOMMERTAG, the revised world premiere of Jörg Widmann's BABYLON, and the German premiere of Sciarrino's TI VEDEO, TI SENTO, MI PERDO, directed by Jürgen Flimm and conducted by Maxime Pascal.
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.