ENO The Mask of Orpheus - Peter Hoare

Peter Hoare


Renowned for his versatility and his musicianship, Peter Hoare has carved his name internationally with spectacular performances of 20th-century and contemporary opera, making is Metropolitan Opera debut as Hauptmann Wozzeck followed by Shapkin From the House of the Dead. His repertoire extends to Desportes Die Soldaten, Larry King Anna Nicole and Sharikov The Dog’s Heart, with recent roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden including Mortimer Lessons in Love and Violence , Fatty Rise and Fall of Mahagonny and Dr Caius Falstaff.

Peter Hoare was born in Bradford and initially trained as a percussionist, before making his debut as a singer at Welsh National Opera where his many roles include Herod Salome , Mal in James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice (world premiere) and Alwa Lulu The Jailer/Grand Inquisitor Il Prigioniero and The Magician/Nika Magdoff The Consul . Also a regular at English National Opera, his roles here include Laca Jenůfa, Zinovy Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk , Faust The Damnation of Faust, Hermann Queen of Spades and Orpheus Man in Birtwhistle’s The Mask of Orpheus. Other UK appearances include Boris Káťa Kabanová for Opera Holland Park and Laca Jenůfa for Grange Park Opera’s opening season at the newly built Theatre in the Woods at West Horsley Place. During the curtailed 2020-21 season, Peter performed Frederic in Alex Woolf/David Pountney’s A Feast of Time and Plague for Grange Park Opera, the only new opera to have been commissioned during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the international stage roles include Shapkin at the Opéra National de Paris and La Monnaie, Alviano Salvago in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten at the Komische Opera Berlin and in Palermo, Sharikov A Dog’s Heart for Die Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, La Scala, English National Opera and Opéra de Lyon, Desportes Die Soldaten for Opernhaus Zürich and in David Pountney’s production at the Ruhr Triennale, the New National Theatre Tokyo and at the Lincoln Centre in New York. Other appearances include Frère Elie in Saint François d’Assise for the Staastoper Hamburg, Witch Hänsel und Gretel in Amsterdam, Creon Thebans in Bonn and at ENO, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Lyon. More recently he sang Shapkin in Tcherniakov’s production of From the House of the Dead at La Monnaie, Mortimer Lessons in Love and Violence in Hamburg, Amsterdam and Lyon, and made his debut as Captain Vere in Annilese Miskimmon’s acclaimed production of Billy Budd for Den Norske Opera in Oslo.

On the concert platform Peter has appeared with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for performances of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Das Berliner Requiem in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle in performances of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, recorded as part of the orchestra’s multi-disc box set ‘The John Adams Edition’. He also sang Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, in a coproduction with the London Symphony Orchestra. He appeared at the BBC Proms 2017 singing Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder with the LSO, and the Proms 2016 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. Further performances include Britten’s Nocturne (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Das Lied von der Erde (Harding/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic), Janacek’s The Diary of One who Disappeared and Elliot Carter’s In sleep in thunder with Contrechamps in Geneva and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Berlioz Roméo et Juliette (Rattle/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), Verdi Requiem (RLPO), La Damnation de Faust and Beethoven Symphony No 9 (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Bochumer Symphoniker), Elgar’s Spirit of England and La Damnation de Faust at the Three Choirs Festival, Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Elder/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé) and performances of The Cunning Little Vixen with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle.

Highlights of the 2022-23 season include Steuermann Der fliegende Holländer, Pong Turandot and Triquet Eugene Onegin for the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Governor Candide for Opéra de Lyon, Der Bucklige Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Hauptmann Wozzeck for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and concert performances of Mime in Wagner’s Siegfried in Munich, Hamburg and Luxembourg with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Plans for the 2022-24 season include returns to the Royal Opera House as Spoletta Tosca, English National Opera as Monostatos Magic Flute and La Monnaie as Mime Das Rheingold and Siegfried.

Previously for ENO: Orpheus Man The Mask of Orpheus, Zinovy Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Faust The Damnation of Faust, Hermann The Queen of Spades and, most recently, Laca Jenůfa.

Upcoming for ENO: The Magic Flute

Career Highlights

Last updated: 8th November 2023