Peter Kirk


_Peter will understudy the roles of Lurcarnio and Oduardo in Handel's Ariodante at the Festival d'Aix en Provence in July 2014 and will then go on to join the Opera National du Rhin's prestigious Young Artist Programme for the 2014/ 2015 season, he will sing a number of roles including, Chaplitsky (Queen of Spades), 2nd Peasant (Ariane et Barbe Bleu), Il buffone (La Bella addormentata del bosco) and Paulino (il Matrimonio Segreto).

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Currently studying with Tim Evans-Jones, Peter is a member of the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) London.

Peter is the Gisela Gledhill Vocal Scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award and is supported by the Mario Lanza Foundation, Derek Butler Trust and Josephine Baker Trust. He is also the winner of the Alfred Alexander Prize.

At the RCM Peter has sung 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 and in scenes, the roles of Nemorino, Don Ottavio, Tom Rakewell, Lysander and Vasek.

In concert format he has performed Acis in Acis and Galatea for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by the late Sir Charles Mackerras, and Charlie in Mahagonny Songspiel with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.

Elsewhere on the concert platform Peter's highlights have included Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle with Dortmund Musikverein, Haydn's Jahreszeiten with Dortmund Philharmoniker, Handel's Messiah with Polski Chor Kammeralny Gdansk, and the Mozart Requiem with the New London Orchestra.

His performances have been 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. ( Nov 12).

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