Hailed as "a young baritone of tremendous presence and talent" (WhatsOnStage), Peter Brathwaite is the recipient of a 2016/17 International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary and the 2016 English Touring Opera Christopher Ball Bursary.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include a return to English Touring Opera to sing Elviro Xerxes, Silvano La Calisto and Pilate in a semi-staging of Bach’s St John Passion; a return to Shakespeare's Globe to premiere music by Orlando Gough in Ellen McDougall's production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Mahogany Opera Group's Various Stages Festival at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA); performances for Spitalfields Festival, and a feature on BBC Radio 3. Further ahead he makes a major debut at La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels in a new production directed by Ivo van Hove.
Recent operatic highlights include Yamadori Madama Butterfly and Marcello La boheme (Nederlandse Reisopera), Kaidama Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo, L’incognito L’assedio di Calais and Schaunard La boheme (English Touring Opera), L’incognito L’assedio di Calais (Armel Festival Opera, Budapest), Sid La Fanciulla del West (Opera Holland Park), and Nelson Porgy & Bess (Opera de Lyon). Roles at the Royal College of Music included Nardo La finta giardiniera, Papageno Die Zauberfloete and Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His world premieres include Billy Bone in Lynne Plowman's Captain Blood’s Revenge (Glyndebourne), Luis in Randal Corsen’s Katibu di Shon under Ed Spanjaard at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (Nederlandse Reisopera), 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), Mr Lancashire in David Stoll's The Drummer Boy of Waterloo for Jubilee Opera at Aldeburgh, and Shakespeare settings by Alex Silverman for What You Will (Shakespeare's Globe), directed by Mark Rylance. His other performances in contemporary repertory include the demanding role of Jean in Philippe Boesmans' Julie (Operastudio Vlaanderen).
Brathwaite 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 Graham Johnson and Alisdair Hogarth. Peter Brathwaite is the creator of the multimedia recital Degenerate Music: Music Banned by the Nazis in collaboration with pianist Nigel Foster and digital artist James Symonds.
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 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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