Peter Savidge

Baritone

"there is an excellent Sharpless from Peter Savidge – deeply embarrassed by his countryman’s behaviour"

Richard Morrison, The Times

"the experienced Peter Savidge is luxury casting"

Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

"strongly supported at every turn by baritone Peter Savidge who tackles a multitude of roles, all of which add up to a devilish alter-ego for the struggling Aschenbach"

John Coulburn, Toronto Sun

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One of Britain’s most distinguished and best established baritones, Peter Savidge has performed for the major opera companies in the UK and for many leading houses in Europe and elsewhere. His elegant and well focused style of singing has been singled out for particularly high praise.

Recent highlights include Sharpless Madama Butterfly for Opera North, Ned Keene Peter Grimes for Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and To See the Invisible, a new chamber opera by Emily Howard for Aldeburgh Festival. In 2018/19 he will perform Benjamin Ellin’s oratorio ‘One Before Zero’ with L’Orchestre de Picardie in Slovakia and Germany, and will return to Opera North for Marco Gianni Schicchi and to Garsington Opera for Krušina The Bartered Bride.

He made his professional debut with the English Music Theatre and has featured regularly for Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in roles such as Figaro Barber of Seville, Sharpless Madam Butterfly, Don Giovanni Don Giovanni, The Count Marriage of Figaro, Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte, Faninal Der Rosenkavalier, The Traveller Death in Venice, Ned Keene Peter Grimes and Mr. Flint Billy Budd.

He has also sung major roles abroad for Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Opera de Rhin Strasbourg, Opera Comique and Chatelet Theatre Paris, Cologne Opera and houses in Tel Aviv, Berlin, Nancy, Genova, Modena and Reggio Emilia.

As well appearing in all the major British concert venues, Peter Savidge has a formidable international career and has sung at the festivals of Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Florence, Venice, Tours, Brussels, Vienna, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, and Oslo.

He has recorded albums of songs by Vaughan Williams, Bax and Bantock; with conductors Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Charles Mackerras and Albert Herring with Steuart Bedford. Equally at home in light music, he has featured on Friday Night is Music Night and with the RTE in Dublin.

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Madama Butterfly, Opera North

February 2018

Peter Savidge’s amiable baritone made his Sharpless a supportive mediator between east and west.

Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine

all excel in their respective roles...Peter Savidge delivers a warm and entirely convincing performance as the upstanding and honest Sharpless, somehow knowing how this story would end before it even began

Simon Binns, Manchester Evening News

Billy Budd, Opera North

Aldeburgh Festival, June 2017

Peter Savidge as a deeply humane Mr Redburn. (The First Lieutenant's parting glance towards Alan Oke's anguished, magnificent Captain Vere was an indelible moment, haunting in its compassion.)

Mark Valencia, Bachtrack

Gianni Schicchi, Opera North

February and March 2015

With the likes of Peter Savidge as Marco ... there was strength in depth.

Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine

Death in Venice, Oper am Rhein

June 2014

Also great is the baritone Peter Savidge, who engagingly portrays the seven death allegories from traveller to street singer.

Westdeutsche Allgemeine

At his side is Peter Savidge as the traveller, who wonderfully portrays the character's diabolism and scores points against his opponent with a distinctive baritone

Thomas Molke, Online Muzik Magazin

Owen Wingrave

ArtHaus Musik DVD

Peter Savidge’s Coyle captures the character wonderfully.

Opera Now Magazine

Madama Butterfly, Opera North

Autumn 2011

Peter Savidge was, as he always is in Opera North productions, effortlessly brilliant.

Rod McPhee, Yorkshire Evening Post

Peter Savidge was excellent as Sharpless, the American consul who tries in vain both to restrain Pinkerton and to get Butterfly to face harsh reality. The mixture of perception and diffidence was perfectly expressed.

Anthony Arblaster, The Independent

Peter Savidge is outstanding as an anguished Sharpless

Richard Morrison, The Times

even better is Peter Savidge as the American consul Sharpless, whose every shrug suggesting the world-weary cynicism of the professional diplomat.

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

So the blame rests with an unhealthy collusion between East and West – and poor Consul Sharpless is in the firing line! Without the power to do more than warn Pinkerton, Sharpless is helpless, but complicit – all of which is conveyed in the performance of Peter Savidge, refined over several Opera North Butterflies, urbane, but tormented, his suave, soft-grained baritone exuding sympathy in every note.

Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage

Peter Savidge’s Concert Repertoire

CPE BACH

Magnificat

J.S. BACH

Various Cantatas incl. No. 82 Ich habe genug
No. 56 Ich will mein Kreuzstab gerne tragen
Weihnachts Oratorium
Magnificat
Easter Oratorio
Mass in B minor
Johannes Passion (Christus/Arias)
Matthaeus Passion (Christus/Arias)

BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 9
Mass in C

BERLIOZ

L’Enfance du Christ

BRAHMS

Ein Deutches Requiem
Liebeslieder Waltzes

BRITTEN

War Requiem

DALLAPICCOLA

Cinque Canti

DELIUS

Sea Drift
Songs of Farewell

DURUFLE

Requiem

DVORAK

Stabat Mater

ELGAR

The Apostles
The Kingdom
The Dream of Gerontius
Coronation Ode
Lux Christi

FAURÉ

Requiem

HANDEL

Acis and Galatea
Apollo e Dafne
Israel in Egypt
Jephtha
Judas Maccabaeus
Messiah
Samson
Saul

HAYDN

Various Masses
The Seasons
The Creation

HENZE

Novae de Infinitae Laudes

HONEGGER

Le Roi David
Cris du Monde

JANACEK

Glagolitic Mass

MENDELSSOHN

Elijah

MONTEVERDI

Vespers 1610

MOZART

Various Masses
Requiem

PURCELL

Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day
Dialogues

RACHMANINOV

The Bells
Spring (Op. 20)

ROSSINI

Petite Messe Solennelle

SCHOENBERG

A Survivor from Warsaw

SCHUBERT

Masses

SZYMANOWSKI

Stabat Mater(Polish)

TIPPETT

A Child of Our Time

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Dona Nobis Pacem
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Mass in G
Pilgrim’s Progress
Five Tudor Portraits

WALTON

Belshazzar’s Feast
Façade (Narrator)

WEILL

Berliner Requiem

Peter Savidge’s Opera Repertoire

BERG

Lulu (Banker/Theatre Manager)

BIRTWISTLE

Punch & Judy (Choregos)

BIZET

Carmen (Dan Cairo, Morales)
Pecheurs de Perles (Zurga)

BLOW

Venus & Adonis

BRAUNFELS

Die Vogel (Prometheus)

BRITTEN

Curlew River (Ferryman; Traveller)
Burning Fiery Furnace (Abbot/Astrologer)
The Prodigal Son
Albert Herring (Vicar)
Billy Budd (Mr. Redburn, Mr. Flint)
Death in Venice (baritone roles)
Owen Wingrave (Coyle)
Paul Bunyan (various roles)
Peter Grimes (Ned Keene)
Rape of Lucretia (Junius, Collatinus)

DONIZETTI

Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
L’Elisir d’amore (Belcore, Dulcamara)
La Favorita (Alphonso)

GOUNOD

Romeo et Juliette (Capulet)

HANDEL

Tamurlano (Leone)
Rodelinda (Garibaldo)

HAYDN

L’Anima del Filosofo

HOLST

Savitri (Death)

JANACEK

From the House of the Dead (Goryanchikov)

KRENEK

What Price Confidence?

LEHAR

Merry Widow (Danilo)

MARTIN

Le Vin Herbe

MARTINU

Julietta (L’homme au casque, vendeur des reves)

MASSENET

Manon (Lescaut)
Cherubin (Le Comte)

MATTHUS

The Song of Love and Death (Marquis)

MENOTTI

Amahl and the Night Visitors (Melchior)

MOZART

Cosi fan Tutte (Don Alfonso)
Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
La Finta Giardiniera (Nardo)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Il Conte)
Die Zauberflote (Papageno, Sprecher)

OFFENBACH

La Perichole

PUCCINI

La Boheme (Marcello, Schaunard)
Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
La Rondine (Rambaldo)
Turandot (Ping)

PURCELL

Dido and Aeneas
The Fairy Queen

RAVEL

L’Enfant et les Sortileges (Horloge Comtoise)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

Mozart and Salieri

ROSSINI

La Cenerentola (Dandini)
Le Comte Ory (Rambaldo)

J. STRAUSS

Die Fledermaus (Falke)

R. STRAUSS

Ariadne (Harlequin, Music Master)
Intermezzo (Storch)
Der Rosenkavalier (Faninal)

STRAVINSKY

The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow)

TCHAIKOVSKY

Eugene Onegin

VERDI

La Traviata (Germont Pere)

WAGNER

Gotterdammerung (Gunther)

WALTON

The Bear

WEILL

Der Jasager (Teacher)
Street Scene
Threepenny Opera (Macheath)

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