Originally from Modesto, California, Matthew Peña begins 2018/2019 debuting at Oper Leipzig as Trin in Fanciulla del West and as Jakob in Amalia! Eine Westernoper, a special project of the Haydn Foundation in Bolzano, Italy. He also returns to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for the revised world premiere of Jörg Widmann's Babylon, and to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the world premiere of Zad Moultaka's Delirio.

Recent engagements include several modern works at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, including Asle in Nikolaus Brass’s Sommertag, Der Student Arkenholz in Reimann’s Die Gespenstersonate, and the German premiere of Sciarrino's Ti Vedo, Ti Sento, Mi Perdo, directed by Jürgen Flimm and conducted by Maxime Pascal.

As a winner of the Opera Foundation prize, Matthew joined the Stipendiat Ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2011 and since then, has been a frequent guest in roles such as Wirt/Tierhändler in Der Rosenkavalier, 1. Matrose in Vasco da Gama, Remendado in Carmen, 1. Geharnischter in Die Zauberflöte, as well as Das Schlaue Füchslein, Lady Macbeth of Mzensk, and Salome.

Other notable debuts include Der Bucklige in Die Frau Ohne Schatten at the Bayerische Staatsoper, conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and 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.

Further appearances include engagements at Teatro Regio di Torino, Theater Kiel, Theater Lübeck, Landestheater Coburg, Oper Wuppertal, Theater Nordhausen, Stadttheater Aschaffenburg, and several roles at the Volkstheater Rostock, including Fenton in Falstaff, tenor soloist in Händel's Messiah, and Marquis von Chateauneuf in Zar und Zimmermann.