Biography Peter


Peter foto kleinTenor Peter Gijsbertsen graduated with honours at the conservatoire in Utrecht. He continues his studies with vocal teacher Gary Coward. Furthermore he had lessons with Cristina Deutekom and Roberta Alexander.

Peter was the recipient of the John Christie Award in Glyndebourne. At the International Vocalists Competition in Den Bosch he was a triple prize winner (amongst which the main prize for Lied) after which he performed in solo recitals at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and De Doelen Rotterdam.

Amongst the roles Peter performed at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera are the prinicipal tenor in The Fairy Queen by Purcell, The Novice in Britten’s Billy Budd (also at the Brooklyn Academy of Music), Lucano/Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi and der Junge Seemann in Tristan and Isold by Wagner. Furthermor Peter sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart (Opera Oviedo), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni by Mozart (Ministry of Operatic Affairs), Gernando in L’isola disabitata by Haydn (National Touring Opera), Kaherdin/3rd tenor in Le vin herbé by Martin (State Opera Berlin) and Eurimaco/Giove in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi (Opera Cologne).

On the concert platform Peter has already performed the solo parts in the St. Matthew Passion by Bach (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Kammermusik 1958 van H.W. Henze (NDR Symfony orchestra Hamburg), Pulcinella by Stravinsky (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) and Vigilia by Rautavaara (Radio Choir).

On the agenda are a.o. Ferrando in Così fan tutte by Mozart (Ministry of Operatic Affairs) and Acis in Acis and Galatea by Händel (Opéra de Fribourg). Peter will also perform in numerous recitals with varying programmes with a.o. Dicherliebe, Schumann and Winterreise, Schubert and will record a new CD with Strauss songs (Phaedra).