This season, Matthew Peña joins the ensemble of the Staatstheater Braunschweig where he will appear as Narraboth and 1. Jude in SALOME, as well as in productions of BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT, CARMINA BURANA and TOSCA. He also returns to the U.S. for his debut as Mime in SIEGFRIED at Virginia Opera.
Last season, he appeared at Staatstheater Braunschweig as Mime in DAS RHEINGOLD, as well as productions of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Lehar's CLOCLO and DOG DAYS by David T. Little. He also appeared at Theater Bonn as Jack/Tobby Higgins in Weill's AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY, as Mitch in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein, and returned to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin as the 3. Jew in SALOME.
Other recent engagements include Howard Boucher in DEAD MAN WALKING, Messaggero in AIDA, and Baron Kronthal in DER WILDSCHÜTZ at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, Trin in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at Oper Leipzig, Fenton in FALSTAFF and at Theater Magdeburg, and Snout in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and 2. Edler in LOHENGRIN at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
He has also appeared regularly in modern works, including the Jeweler & 1. Fisherman in SLEEPLESS by Peter Eötvös at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Heurtebise in ORPHÉE by Philip Glass at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, the Visitor in Philip Glass's IN DER STRAFKOLONIE at Theater Kiel, and several works at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, including the 1. Fisherman in SLEEPLESS, Der Student Arkenholz in Reimann’s DIE GESPENSTERSONATE, the revised world premiere of Jörg Widmann's BABYLON, and the German premiere of Sciarrino's TI VEDEO, TI SENTO, MI PERDO, directed by Jürgen Flimm and conducted by Maxime Pascal.
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.