Peter Tantsits

Named one of his generation’s most consistently satisfying performers by Opera magazine, tenor Peter Tantsits excels in the opera and concert repertoire of Beethoven, Britten, Stravinsky, Schönberg, Berg, Janáček, Richard Strauss and Mahler as well as the complex works of Milton Babbitt, Luigi Nono, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pascal Dusapin, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. He was seen recently in concert at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Vienna Konzerthaus and as a soloist multiple times with the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Radio France, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Britten Sinfonia under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Kirill Petrentko, Emmanuelle Haïm, Sakari Oramo, Thomas Adès, Tito Ceccherini, Alan Gilbert, Leonard Slatkin and Lorin Maazel. He has appeared in festivals such as the Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Internationale Händel-Festspiele, Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden and Acht Brücken Köln, the Aldeburgh and Glyndebourne Opera Festivals in the U.K, the Mostly Mozart and BAM Next Wave Festival in New York, the Festival d’Automne à Paris and the Beijing International Music Festival.  On the opera stage he has sung at La Scala Milan, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and LA Opera as well as given acclaimed leading performances at the European opera theaters of Basel, Mainz, Bonn, Köln, Bern, St. Gallen, Karlsruhe and others in award-winning productions by directors Lydia Steier, Peter Sellars, Andreas Kriegenburg, Antony McDonald, Robert Lepage, and Robert Woodruff.  He is particularly known for his critically acclaimed portrayals as Michael in Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht, the title role in Dusapin’s Perelà, Alviano in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, Berg’s Wozzeck and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre.

He began this season (2017/2018) singing Alviano Salvago in Die Gezeichneten for Theater St. Gallen under Michael Balke followed by his debut with the Festival d'Automne à Paris with the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France in Luigi Nono’s Canti di Vita e damore conducted by Tito Ceccherini, followed by the world premiere of Pauline Oliveros’ posthumous opera The Nubian Word for Flowers in New York. In Los Angeles he gave the US premiere of Andrew Norman’s A Trip to the Moon in the role of Georges Méliès in a new staging by Yuval Sharon with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a role he created in the world premiere performances last season with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker.  He then went on to sing his first Desportes in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in the Vokalsinfonie concert version for the Acht Brücken Festival Köln with the WDR Symphonie conducted by Emilio Pomarico.  He also joined Oper Köln in his debut with the company for Die Soldaten under François-Xavier Roth in a new staging by La Fura dels Baus.  He finished the season with his debut at Theater Bonn in a rare staging of Waltershausen’s Oberst Chabert in the role of Graf Ferraud conducted by Jacques Lacombe in a production by Roland Schwab, and later he appeared as a guest artist for the Banff Centre for Arts in Canada and gave his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki (DIE SOLDATEN).

Future engagements will include performances at the Opera Vlaanderen, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester at the Elbphilharmonie, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.  

Last season (2016/2017) he made his debut with the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York in premieres by Gerald Barry and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.  He returned to Theater Basel to reprise the virtuosic role of Michael in Stockhausen: Donnerstag aus Licht which was awarded the 2016 AUFFÜHRUNG DES JAHRES by Opernwelt.  He then joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the world premiere of Gerald Barry’s Alices Adventures Under Ground conducted by Thomas Adès, which he sang later in the season also at the Barbican Centre with the Britten Sinfonia and at Dublin’s National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra.  He then returned to the London Symphony Orchestra for Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with Sir Simon Rattle in a new staging by Peter Sellars, a production he performed also with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Philharmonie and later on tour with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the Ruhrtriennale.  He then made his debut at the Lisinski in Zagreb with the Simfonijski orkestar HRT-a as the soloist in Scriabin’s Symphony no. 1 under Tonči Bilić followed by his debut for the Baden-Baden Osterfestspiele in Tosca which he also performed in concert with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker.  He next went on to premiere Andrew Norman’s Zum Mond und zurück in the role of Georges Méliès also with the Berliner Philharmoniker followed by his first performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in Paris.  He finished the summer singing at the Opera festival in Kokkola, Finland as Danilowitz in Meyerbeer’s L’étoile du nord conducted by Sakari Oramo.


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