BIOGRAPHY

Originally from Modesto, California, Matthew Peña begins 2017/2018 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.

Recent engagements include several modern works at the Staatsoper Berlin, 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.

Since joining the Stipendiat Ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2011 as a winner of The Opera Foundation prize, Matthew has been a frequent guest in roles such as including 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. He has also appeared in several roles at the Volkstheater Rostock, including Fenton in Falstaff, tenor 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.

Other 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.