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 have included Herod Salome and Mal in the world premiere of James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice. His extensive repertoire encompasses everything from the more mainstream repertoire to B.A. Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole and Alexander Raskatov’s The Dog’s Heart. He has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Esa Pekka Salonen and can be seen regularly at both Covent Garden and English National Opera, as well as houses across Europe and the US.
Recent UK appearances have included Laca Jenůfa, Zinovy Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Faust The Damnation of Faust and Hermann Queen of Spades (English National Opera); Alwa Lulu (Welsh National Opera); Dr Cajus Falstaff, Larry King Anna Nicole, Fatty Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House). International performances include Creon Thebans at Theater Bonn in a coproduction with ENO; Witch Hänsel und Gretel (De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam); Schapkin From the House of the Dead (Berlin Staatsoper); Captain Wozzeck (Metropolitan Opera, New York); Sharikov A Dog’s Heart (Opéra de Lyon, Teatro alla Scala, ENO); Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Opéra de Lyon); Desportes Die Soldaten in Calixto Bieito’s production 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.
On the concert platform Peter has sung Das Lied von der Erde (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Daniel Harding; Royal Flemish Philharmonic / Daniele Callegari); Tippett’s A Child of our Time (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Gerard Schwarz); Berlioz Romeo et Juliette (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle); 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. He appeared at this year’s BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, performing A Child of Our Time. Further concert repertoire includes Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Bochumer Symphoniker); Verdi Requiem (RLPO); La Damnation de Faust and Beethoven Symphony No 9 (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra); Elgar’s Spirit of England at the Three Choirs Festival; Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Hallé; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder) and Il Prigioniero (Philharmonia Orchestra / Esa Pekka Salonen).
Peter has recorded Delius’ Song of the High Hills and Master of Ceremonies in Britten’s Gloriana conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras for Decca Records; Tichon Kat’a Kabanová with Carlo Rizzi, and Bardolfo Falstaff with Sir Colin Davis for Chandos; and Leonard Meryll Yeomen of the Guard with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera for the Telarc label.
In 2016/17 Peter returns to De Nationale Opera as Maestro di Ballo Manon Lescaut and Sharikov A Dog’s Heart. He performs with Sir Simon Rattle as Piet the Pot in Ligeti’s Grand Macabre, with performances in London (LSO) and Berlin (Berlin Philharmonic), and also appears with the Berlin Philharmonic as Lazarus in Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary. He celebrates new year in Bochum with the Bochumer Symphoniker for performances of Beethoven 9.
Further ahead Peter sings Alviano Salvago in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten for the Komische Oper Berlin, and returns to Covent Garden as Bob Boles Peter Grimes and Shapkin From the House of the Dead, a co-production with La Monnaie, Brussels, and a role he sings at the Opéra National de Paris.