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American tenor Matthew Plenk holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music, a Master’s degree from Yale University and is a Samling Scholar. He is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and has sung several roles with the company, including Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Janek in The Makropulos Case.

 

Matthew’s upcoming and most recent appearances include the world premiere of Drew Hemenger’s Ozymandias – To Sell a Planet with the Boulder Philharmonic, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) and Alfred (Die Fledermaus) with Central City Opera, Bruckner’s Te deum and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Colorado Symphony, and Die Schöne Müllerin with Keith Ward at the University of Denver.

 

During the 2020-21 season, Matthew was scheduled to return to the Cleveland Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic (Donizetti, Beethoven, Mozart), and debut with the Rogue Valley Symphony – all cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Matthew Plenk has been seen on the operatic stages of Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Virginia Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Des Moines Metro Opera. In concert, he has appeared with the Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Baltimore, Houston, Colorado and Hartford Symphonies, University Musical Society, Aspen Music and La Jolla Summerfest festivals, and with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

 

In 2005 Mr. Plenk was one of sixteen singers invited to work with Naxos Records and Yale University in a collaborative project to record the complete songs of Charles Ives. Amongst a number of awards and recognitions, he was a Grand Finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Matthew Plenk is the Artistic Director of Lamont Opera Theatre at The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where he also serves Assistant Professor of Voice.

Seattle Opera – Il barbiere di Siviglia

"Liverman’s warm, agile baritone was enhanced by a suave and savvy stage presence.”

- Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times

Portland Opera – La bohème

"Will Liverman was an exemplary Marcello, handsome of voice, full of energy.”

- Mark Mandel, Opera News

Virginia Opera – The Barber of Seville

"Will Liverman as Figaro has a robust and rich tone and impressive rhythmic control, especially in the staccato runs, and an energetic, endearing charisma.”

- Andrew Garrigue, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Atlanta Opera – The Pirates of Penzance

"Baritone Will Liverman ably portrayed Samuel, the Pirate King’s sincere, earnest lieutenant.”

- Mark Gresham, Arts Atlanta

Madison Opera – The Barber of Seville

"The star of the evening was the young baritone Will Liverman in the title role of the barber Figaro. His voice has power and beauty throughout its impressive compass, including a ringing upper register to rival a tenor’s. Coupled with comic sensitivity and delightful physicality, Liverman must certainly be a singer to watch, and it is our fortune to hear him here.”

- Jacob Stockinger, The Well-Tempered Ear

Opera Philadelphia – Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

"Will Liverman was a vibrant Gillespie.”

- Zachary Wolfe, The New York Times

“In the role of Parker’s famed friend and colleague, Dizzy Gillespie, baritone Will Liverman sings with both security and charisma.”

- Patrick Clement James, Parterre Box

“Only in scenes with long-time collaborator and friend Dizzy Gillespie do we get an idea of Charlie Parker the musical genius and innovator. These scenes, with Will Liverman playing the beret-wearing Gillespie, crackle with electriciy, the singing of the two men achieving a truly jazzy interplay.”

- Seten Pisano, Feast of Music

 

“And for the character of Dizzy Gillespie, sung by the eloquent baritone Will Liverman, who also showed fine legato.”

- David Shengold, Opera News

 

“Baritone Will Liverman, made a promising company debut”

- Andrew Moravcsjk, Opera Today

 

“When the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (Will Liverman) appears and he sings with Parker, his friend and colleague, it feels like a jam session.”

- Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal

 

“Will Liverman as a mellifluous Dizzy Gillespie”

- Anne Midgette, Washington Post

 

“Baritone Will Liverman realized the part vividly by finding deep crevices of meaning.”

- Peter Dobrin, Philadelphia Inquirer

Wolf Trap Opera – The Ghosts of Versailles

"Virginia Beach native Will Liverman made an earnest Beaumarchais.”

- Charles T. Downey, Classical Voice America

Chicago Bach Project – St. John Passion

"Baritone Will Liverman sang admirably in Debussy and Korngold selections.”

- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Minnesota Opera – The Manchurian Candidate

"Will Liverman turns the cameo role of fellow soldier Andrew Hanley into a lovely showcase for his expressive voice.”

- Todd O’Dowd, L’etoile Magazine

 

“Will Liverman had an effective cameo as Andrew Hanley.”

- Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

Harris Theater – Beyond the Aria

"Will Liverman showcased an authoritative baritone.”

- Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

 

“Then – and this was a major highlight of the evening – Liverman took over the piano and serenaded us as he played a composition he created by fusing together two works that spoke to the seasons – “If Ever I Would Love You” by Frederick Loewe and “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern.”

- Amy Munice, Splash Magazine

Lyric Unlimited – The Magic Victrola

"Baritone Will Liverman remains primus inter pares in the field of never-overdone comic performance and educational programs. His Papageno bird-man (yes, there was a Michael Keaton joke) kept the physical comedy going, and his strong singing and phrasing – in both English and German – drew the audience in.”

- Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times

 

“Liverman’s vocally and physically agile Papageno led a uniformly fine vocal contingent.”

- John von Rheim, Chicago Tribune

South Shore Opera Company of Chicago – Concert

"Will Liverman, currently a member of the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera, proved he’s a young baritone to watch. he took Figaro’s iconic aria “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and gave a fresh and relaxed performance, highlighting vocal agility and humorous ability. He followed thisup with a charismatic performance of the Toreador song from “Carmen” by Bizet.”

- M.L. Rantala, Hyde Park Herald

Rising Stars at Lyric Opera of Chicago – Concert

"Mr. Liverman has an excellent command of legato which he sustained throughout.”

- Salvatore Calomino, Opera Today

Lyric Opera of Chicago – Barber of Seville

"Will Liverman’s Fiorello had [us] wishing he was singing Figaro!”

- Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

Utah Opera – Barber of Sevile

"Will Liverman sang the title role with warmth and a hint of mischief.”

- Catherine Reese Newton, The Salt Lake Tribune

"Ingemisco"Matthew Plenk
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Matthew Plenk

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