Biography

Peter Kálmán

Current as of March 2020

With his performances at leading international opera houses, Peter Kálmán has made a name for himself in a wide-ranging repertoire as one of today’s most versatile bass-baritones, enjoying equal success with his engaging portrayals of Italian buffo roles as in works by Bartók, Wagner and Strauss. The conductors with whom he has worked include Christoph von Dohnányi, Ádám Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Minkowski, Nello Santi, Stefan Soltesz, Franz Welser-Möst and Jaap van Zweden.

Engagements during the 2019/20 season have included his American stage debut as Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola) in Seattle and Mustafà in a concert performance of L’italiana in Algeri under Jean-Christophe Spinosi at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. After his return to the Salzburg Whitsun Festival for the title role in Don Pasquale he will appear as Alberich in Wagner’s Ring under Ádám Fischer at the Müpa in Budapest.

In 2018/19 Peter Kálmán was heard as the Impresario in Laurent Pelly’s production of Donizetti’s Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and as the King of Scotland in a revival of Christof Loy’s Salzburg production of Ariodante under Gianluca Capuano at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

Other recent highlights include Mustafà at the 2018 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Don Magnifico under Enrique Mazzola at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Leporello in Thomas Allen’s production of Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera. He also dazzled audiences as Bartolo in Laurent Pelly’s new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia under Jérémie Rhorer at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and also in Luxembourg and Edinburgh, where the production went on tour.

A native of Budapest, Peter Kálmán appears regularly at the Hungarian State Opera, notably in Così fan tutte, The Rake’s Progress, L’elisir d’amore and Der Rosenkavalier as well as in the title roles in Don Pasquale and Gianni Schicchi.

He made his Salzburg Festival debut at Whitsun 2012 as Curio (Giulio Cesare), returning as Boland (Fierrabras), Elmiro in Rossini’s Otello, Cadmus/Somnus in Handel’s Semele and Mustafà. He has also enjoyed great personal acclaim as Alberich (Götterdämmerung) with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, as Oroveso (Norma) in Paris, Baden-Baden and Monte Carlo, as the Tutor (Le Comte Ory) at the Theater an der Wien and as Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Vlaamse Opera and the Theater an der Wien.

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