Biography Peter


Peter foto kleinTenor Peter Gijsbertsen graduated with honours at the conservatoire in Utrecht. He continues his studies with vocal teachers Dennis O’Neill and Ira Siff. 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, released on DVD by Art house), Kammermusik 1958 van H.W. Henze (NDR Symfony orchestra Hamburg, released on CD by Wergo), Pulcinella by Stravinsky (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) and Vigilia by Rautavaara (Radio Choir).

Peter recorded multiple CD’s with Belgian label Phaedra. His recording with Schubert songs received very positive reviews. A release of his recording of Strauss songs as well as one with Schumann duets (with soprano Liesbeth Devos) are expected soon.

On the agenda are the role of Acis in Acis and Galatea by Händel (Opéra de Fribourg), the tenor solos in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam and Utrecht) and multiple recitals with varying programmes with a.o. Winterreise by Schubert.