Biography

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One of America’s foremost character bass-baritones, Peter Strummer has been hailed for “giving a role maximum impact” by the Toronto Star and for his “warm, firm and agile voice” by Opera News. The Denver Post said of a performance, “This is a dream cast…Strummer is one of the most meticulous performers I know. His portrayals become highly individual, each formidably different whether as Bartolo or Don Magnifico, Beckmesser or Pasquale…”

As an artist who constantly reworks his roles and seeks to expand the breadth of his repertoire, Peter has earned a reputation for endowing his characterizations with increased depth and humanity. His versatility as an actor is matched by musical flexibility and linguistic prowess, as he is fluent in over seven languages.

Highlights of Peter’s extensive career include appearances with The Metropolitan Opera (Beckmesser, die Meistersinger; Dansker, Billy Budd), San Francisco Opera (Dulcamara, L’elisir D’amore; Bartolos, Figaro & Barber; Benoit/Alcindoro, La Bohème; Antonio, Marriage of Figaro; Bogdanovich, Merry Widow)Houston Grand Opera (Bartolo, Barber of Seville; Gouverneur, le Comte Ory), Washington Opera (Fra Melitone, La forza del destino; Kezal, the Bartered Bride), Dallas Opera (Baron Zeta, the Merry Widow), New York City Opera (Rashid, Haroun and the Sea of Stories world premiere; Sacristan, Tosca; Bartolo; Don Prudenzio, Viaggo a Rreims; Colonel Vandeveer, the Glass Blowers; Don Pasquale), L’Opéra de Montréal (Geronte, Manon Lescaut; Bartolo, Barber of Seville; Faninal, Rosenkavalier, de Brétigny, Manon; Mustafa, L’italiana in Algeri; Alberich, das Rheingold), Canadian Opera Company (Bartolo; Sacristan; Leporello, Don Giovanni; Fra Melitone, Benoit/Alcindoro), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Peter Quince, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid (Don Magnifico, Cenerentola), Seattle Opera (Alberich, Der Ring des Nibelungen; Sacristan), Opera New Orleans (Bartolo, Fra Melitone, Alberich), San Diego Opera (Don Alfonso, Cosí fan tutte; Faninal), Israeli Symphony (Beethoven’s 9th, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater). Peter also enjoyed fifteen years of performing in German and Austrian opera houses.

Highlights of recordings and commercial broadcasts include Benoit, La Bohème, Live From Lincoln Center (Broadcast & DVD), Fra Melitone, Forza del destino; Sacristan, Tosca. (Broadcast on CBC Television & available on DVDs), Making of an Opera (DVD), Music Master, Ariadne auf Naxos, with Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera (US National PBS Broadcast & available on DVD) and Devilshoof, The Bohemian Girl, with Central City Opera (Voce Records). In addition, many of Peter’s performances have been broadcast in Europe and North America.

Upcoming engagements include, Benoit/Alcindoro, La Bohème with Syracuse Opera, Candy, Of Mice and Men with Manitoba Opera, the title role in The Mikado with Kentucky Opera, and Don Pasquale with Tampa Opera.

Peter is an avid collector of historical recordings and opera films. He is enjoys cooking gourmet meals for his friends and loves to entertain. He lives with is wife, the internationally well-known soprano, Linda Roark-Strummer, and his 2 Siamese cats, Attila and Principessa Lou Ling in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Peter is managed by Uzan International Artists.