January 19, 2017

Polenzani presents second master class at Northwestern

Matthew Polenzani with Bienen School students

Photo, from left: Ricky Feng Nan, Matthew Polenzani, Matthew Cummings, Frank Laucerica and Evelyn Wouters.

Award-winning tenor Matthew Polenzani led the most recent Robert M. and Maya L. Tichio Vocal Master Class on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall.

A recent visitor to Northwestern, Polenzani previously led a vocal master class on April 30, 2016.

Bienen School of Music voice and opera students who participated in the class were tenor Frank Laucerica, a student Kurt R. Hansen; soprano Evelyn Wouters, a student of Pamela Hinchman; tenor Ricky Feng Nan, a student of W. Stephen Smith; and tenor Matthew Cummings, a student of W. Stephen Smith.

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.”

See an article from The Daily Northwestern about this event.