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Britten’s settings of Donne’s urgent, death-haunted poems... got a formidable reading by tenor Matthew Plenk and pianist Ken Noda. Plenk, a young singer affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera, has the bright, piercing tone and flawless diction needed to make this music work, and he shaped the songs with dramatic sureness.                         - Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle

Matthew Plenk's Don Ottavio ... his vocal chops were astounding; his light, high tenor at first didn't even hint at the clarion power which he unleashed to stunning effect in "Il mio tesoro."                              - Thomas Garvey, The Hub Review

Arturo, the arranged husband Lucia murders, was charming as sung by the young tenor Matthew Plenk.    

                                                        - Zachary Woolfe, NY Times

Arturo, tenor Matthew Plenk displayed a voice of sweetness and       flexibility.                             -Mike Silverman, The Associated Press

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Matthew Plenk brought a trumpet-like light tenor voice to the role of Ferrando. There is ample power in his voice, and a level of security not normally heard in such a young tenor.

- James L. Paulk, ArtsCriticATL

Matthew Plenk, as the blond Ferrando.... His tenor was bright and youthful, with a delightful “ping” in the tone, and more than once he pushed his voice to the edge of searing intensity.

- Pierre Ruhe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Matthew Plenk, in the small role of the shepherd who witnesses Oedipus’s crime, created an air of luxury casting with his limpid sound.                                - Matthew Guerrieri, The Faster Times

Matthew Plenk, who has a large, sweet tenor voice and great presence, as Frederic;

- Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

And tenor Matthew Plenk, as the Steersman, also sang with idiomatic refinement.

- Donna Perlmutter, LA Observed

As the show’s hard-to-take-seriously romantic lead Nanki-Poo, tenor Matthew Plenk surprised with a hefty, well-supported instrument and with, once again, a fine comic acting presence.

-  Terry Ponick, Washington Times

Tamino...sung by tenor Matthew Plenk..., was excellent. Convincing as young lovers, (he) sang with a sincere expression that fit Mozart’s music. (HIs) warm timbre and smooth, elegant lines suggested both innocence and inner strength.

- Lee Teply, The Virginian Dispatch

As Don Ottavio, Mathew Plenk delivered a flawless “Il mio Tesoro,” showcasing his technical precision

and textual sensitivity,

- Sarah Young, KCMetropolis.org

Matthew Plenk is a winning presence as Don Ottavio, singing his Act II “Il mio tesoro” with a clear-eyed, intelligent

bel canto and carving out a heroically supportive... Ottavio. The dramatic and vocal chemistry between Matthew and Rachelle Durkin is so palpable that you really want their hapless characters to work out their difficulties (but you know they probably won’t)

- Paul Horsley, KC Independent

..but the best of all was Matthew Plenk, as Macduff, who could follow an emotion, drenched in vibrato, from the bottom of his heart to the top of his voice, all in a single breath. His “O figli miei” sounded fresh and youthful yet appealingly old-fashioned. He has a truly unique sound.

- Henry Stewart, Opera News

Matthew Plenk’s dulcet tenor and dramatic commitment made Macduff’s grieving remembrance of his murdered family a high point of the evening.

                                           - Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post Dispatch