Peter Volpe


American bass, Peter Volpe, continually receives critical acclaim on four continents. Possessing a vast and ever-expanding repertoire of six languages, his captivating style and interpretive skill embraces the historical and fictional characters. Of a recent portrayal as Prince Eugene Onegin, Opera News said he “managed to create in his single scene an impressive dignity. His full-bodied bass and great candor of with his intelligent interpretation, won him a well-deserved ovation.”

Recent performances include Daland in The Flying Dutchman with Florentine Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Portland Opera, Philip II in Don Carlo at Austin Lyric Opera, Ferrando in Il Trovatore at Arizona Opera, Zuniga in Carmen with the Florentine Opera, Ramfis in Aida at Michigan Opera Theatre, the bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Chattanooga Symphony, and Daland in The Flying Dutchman with Glimmerglass Opera.

Most recent operatic engagements from the past three seasons (2008-2012) include Idraote in Armida and Angelotti in Tosca, and La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, Deguiche in DiChiera’s Cyrano at the Florida Grand Opera, Marcel in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots at the Bard Festival, Gremin in Eugene Onegin at Vancouver Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa, Frere Laurent in Romeo et Juliette at Vancouver Opera, Timur in Turandot at Opera Lyra Ottawa, the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, and in concert with New Orleans Opera, Ramfis in Aida with Arizona Opera, Silva in Ernani and Mephistopheles in Faustcovers at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Commendatore in Don Giovanni at Palm Beach Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Austin Lyric Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Arizona Opera, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Austin Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera and Portland Opera.

In the 2007-2008 season, Mr. Volpe created the role of Deguiche in world premiere of Cyrano with the Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Company of Philadelphia, as well as performing Frere Laurent in Romeo et Juliette with the Baltimore Opera, and Jacqueau in War and Peace and Frere Laurent cover in Romeo et Juliette at the MET. Operatic engagements from 2006-2007 season include Banquo in Macbeth with Arizona Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Frere Laurent in Romeo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre, and Zuniga inCarmen with the Seiji Ozawa Opera Project in Japan.

Mr. Volpe made his notable Metropolitan Opera debut in their new production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace, and has subsequently returned for new productions of Berlioz’ Les Troyen, Strauss’ Salome, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, as well as FalstaffGianni SchicchiCarmenAidaI Vespri SicilianiCyrano di Bergerac, and Andrea Chenier, among others.