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Metropolitan Opera star to coach top Bienen voice students

Jan. 18 master class with tenor Matthew Polenzani is open to the public

Matthew Polenzani
Matthew Polenzani giving instruction

Award-winning tenor Matthew Polenzani, called “perhaps the finest tenor voice of his generation” by the Boston Phoenix, leads the next Robert M. and Maya L. Tichio Vocal Master Class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Galvin Recital Hall in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, 70 Arts Circle Drive, on the Evanston campus.

Now in its third season, the Tichio Vocal Master Class Series brings stars of the opera world into an intimate setting to share vocal performance insights with Bienen School of Music voice and opera program students.

Born in Evanston, Polenzani has appeared on opera stages around the world, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, and is winner of the 2004 Richard Tucker Award and the Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award.

During the 2015-16 season, he appeared at the Paris Opera in “Don Giovanni,” at the Bavarian and Vienna State operas in “Werther” and at the Metropolitan Opera in “Les pêcheurs de perles” and “Roberto Devereux.” Season highlights for 2016-17 include a return to the Bavarian State Opera for “Die Zauberflöte,” “La Favorita” and “La Bohème” and to the Metropolitan Opera for “Don Giovanni,” “Idomeneo” and “Der Rosenkavalier.”

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID. They are available on the Concerts@Bienen website, by phone at 847-467-4000 or by visiting the Pick-Staiger box office, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. 

The Bienen School of Music is a member of the Northwestern Arts Circle, which brings together film, humanities, literary arts, music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

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