© Marco Borggreve

© Marco Borggreve

Peter Brathwaite’s virile baritone, crisp enunciation and sensitive acting.
— Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
The indefatigable young baritone lights up the stage every time he appears.
— Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage
Peter Brathwaite was very impressive... with mercurial and sympathetic comic acting matched by agile, accomplished singing.
— Peter Reed, Classical Source
The one who emerges with distinction is Peter Brathwaite, who is also an accomplished actor.
— Michael Tanner, The Spectator
What a prodigious talent he is.
— Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage

Highlights of the 2017-18 season include creating the role of Feldspar in Zoe Palmer and Sam Glazer's Fogonogo, touring to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Danish National Opera's GrowOp! Festival in Aarhus and the Spitalfields Winter Festival in London. He makes his English National Opera debut in Effigies of Wickedness (Songs banned by the Nazis), a new co-production with the Gate Theatre, and sings Papageno The Magic Flute at London's Soho Theatre/UK Tour. Further ahead he makes his debut at La Monnaie, Brussels in a new production directed by Ivo van Hove.

Recent highlights include Elviro Xerxes, Silvano La Calisto, Kaidama Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo, L’incognito L’assedio di Calais and Schaunard La boheme for English Touring Opera, L’incognito L’assedio di Calais for Armel Festival Opera, Budapest, Yamadori Madama Butterfly and Marcello La boheme for the Nederlandse Reisopera, Sid La Fanciulla del West for Opera Holland Park, and Nelson Porgy & Bess for Opera de Lyon. His roles at the Royal College of Music International Opera School included Nardo La finta giardiniera, Papageno Die Zauberfloete and Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His recent world premieres include Billy Bone in Lynne Plowman's Captain Blood’s Revenge for Glyndebourne on Tour, Luis in Randal Corsen’s Katibu di Shon under Ed Spanjaard with the Nederlandse Reisopera at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Mimoun in Emily Howard's Zatopek! at Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and recorded on the NMC label) and Mr Lancashire in David Stoll's The Drummer Boy of Waterloo for Jubilee Opera at Aldeburgh. He has appeared at Shakespeare's Globe as a principal vocalist in Mark Rylance's What You Will and Sonnet Walks. Last season, he returned to premiere music by Orlando Gough in Ellen McDougall's production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Other performances in contemporary repertory include Jean in Philippe Boesmans' Julie at Operastudio Vlaanderen.

In concert, he has performed Mozart arias in televised concerts with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tonu Kaljuste, and appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and BBC Concert, in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall and deSingel, Antwerp. Festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Edinburgh International, Brighton, London Handel and Britten100 at BAM, New York. He has performed in recital at London Song Festival, Bridgewater Hall, the Elgar Room (Royal Albert Hall) and the Opera Vlaanderen with pianists including Nigel Foster, Graham Johnson and Alisdair Hogarth. In an effort to bring attention to lesser-known works of composers silenced by the Nazi regime, Peter Brathwaite created the multimedia recital Degenerate Music: Music Banned by the Nazis (London Song Festival/ BBC Radio 3/ Studio Niculescu Berlin).

Peter Brathwaite was born in Manchester and graduated with a First Class degree in Philosophy & Fine Art from Newcastle University. He holds a Master’s with distinction from the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Russell Smythe as a Scholar at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He continued his training at the Operastudio Vlaanderen, Ghent. His prizes include a Peter Moores Foundation Major Award and an Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells Fellowship. He is a Winston Churchill Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. Peter Brathwaite is the recipient of a 2016/17 International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary and the 2016 English Touring Opera Christopher Ball Bursary.


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