Originally from Modesto, California, Matthew Peña began the 2016/2017 season at Volkstheater Rostock, appearing in several productions, including Fenton in Falstaff, soloist in Händel's Messiah, Marquis von Chateauneuf in Zar und Zimmermann, as well as several roles in Candide and Paris! Paris!, a musical revue of Jacques Offenbach. He also appeared as an American, Gondolier and Hotel Guest in Death in Venice at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and debuted as the 4. Knappe in Parsifal at the Landestheater Coburg, and as Der Student Arkenholz in Die Gespenstersonate with the INFEKTION! Festival of New Music at the Staatsoper Berlin - Werkstatt.

In 2015/2016 he debuted in Wuppertal as Hoffmann in Der Nachtschreck, an adaptation of Hoffmanns Erzählungen, at Theater Lübeck as the Lehrer in Lady Macbeth of Mzensk, and at the Volkstheater Rostock as Soldier/James/Alchemist/Inquisitor/Crook/Old Man in Candide. He also returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for several productions, including 1. Matrose in Vasco da Gama, 1. Geharnischte in Die Zauberflöte, Wirt/Tierhändler in Der Rosenkavalier as well as Das Schlaue Füchslein and Salome.

In 2014/2015, Matthew debuted as 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. He also appeared at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in productions of Lady Macbeth of Mzensk, L’Amour des Trois Oranges and as Hoffmann in Hoffmann, an adaptation of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann directed by Jakop Ahlbom and Anne Champert, and returned to the Theater Kiel as the Visitor in a German version of Philip Glass’s In the Penal Colony.

Other debuts include Der Bucklige in Die Frau Ohne Schatten at the Bayerische Staatsoper, conducted by Kirill Petrenko in 2013/2014, Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto with Theater Nordhausen in 2013, Hoffmann in Hoffmanns Erzälungen with Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in 2013, and Gastone in La Traviata at Theater Kiel in 2012.