Currently a trainee at the Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg, Peter began his vocal training with Mezzo Soprano Ameral Gunson. Prior to this he read International Politics, before basing himself in Florence where he studied Italian. He was awarded a Masters in Vocal Performance with distinction from the Royal College of Music, London in 2012 and graduated from Royal College of Music International Opera School as the winner of the Eric Joseph Shilling prize for Opera in 2014.
At the RCM Peter sang the roles of Gonzalve L'heure Espagnol, Gardefeu La Vie Parisienne, Lucano and 2nd Famigliari L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Don Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro, and Silvio/Pasquin Le Docteur Miracle. In scenes he sang Nemorino, Don Ottavio, Tom Rakewell, Lysander and Vasek.
Elsewhere roles have included, Lurcarnio and Oduardo, Ariodante (Handel), and the tenor soloist in Katie
Mitchell's Bach dramatisation Trauernacht (covers) for Festival d'Aix en Provence. Title role Albert Herring and Vitaliano in Giustino (Handel) Trinity College of Music , Lucano/1st soldier/2nd familiar in The Coronation of Poppea and Tenor soloist The Fairy Queen English Touring Opera, Hot Biscuit Slim Paul Bunyan, Tenor Actor in Judith Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera for British Youth Opera, American Congressional Page Two Boys English National Opera.
In concert he has sung the opera roles of Acis in Acis and Galatea for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, Charlie in Mahagonny Songspiel with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Colonel Fairfax Yeoman of the Guard for the premier of Oxford University Press' (OUP) new critical edition.
Peter performs in oratorio regularly, highlights have included, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle with Dortmund Musikverein, Haydn's Jahreszeiten with Dortmund Philharmoniker, Messiah with Polski Chor Kammeralny Gdansk, and the Mozart Requiem with the New London Orchestra.
He is critically praised for both attractive lyrical singing and accomplished acting:
Peter Kirk shone as Arthur Rimbaud, moving seamlessly between superb acting (it took a detailed reading of his biography to convince me that he hadn’t been imported from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) and mesmerizing song. (Bachtrack Feb 13).
Peter Kirk revealed a gorgeous young lyric tenor which made one wish he had a larger part than just Lucano. (capricciomusic.blogspot.co.uk Nov 12
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