Matthew Polenzani is one of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation. His elegant musicianship, innate sense of style and dramatic commitment find him at virtually every leading operatic, concert and recital venue in the world. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vienna State Opera, and San Francisco Opera, among others. He has also sung with numerous symphony orchestras. Mr. Polenzani’s 2015/2016 season opens with his return to the Opéra National de Paris as Ottavio in Michael Haneke’s acclaimed Don Giovanni.

Matthew earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1991, and a master's from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Richard Cross and Doris Yarick-Cross (chair of Yale's opera department) in 1994. He was the recipient of the 2004 Richard Tucker Award and Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award.

An avid golfer, he lives in suburban New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Rosa Maria Pascarella and their three sons. Matt and Rosa suffered the sudden death of their daughter, Alessandra in December 2005 where they first connected with the Foundation. In addition to being an SUDC parent, Matt is a longtime supporter and passionate advocate of the SUDC Foundation.


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Past Members:
Orrin Devinsky, MD, Founding Member
Chelsea Hilbert, LCSW