Peter Savidge


"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.

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 Gardens 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 and Ned Keene Peter Grimes and Mr. Flint Billy Budd.

Abroad he has sung roles 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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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)

Glänzender Abschluss des Britten-Zyklus an der Rheinoper. Großartig auch der Bariton Peter Savidge, der die sieben Todesallegorien vom Reisenden bis zum Straßensänger kongenial darstellt.

Westdeutsche Allgemeine

Mit Peter Savidge steht ihm als Reisender ein Gegenspieler zur Seite, der die Diabolik der Figur wunderbar ausspielt und mit markantem Bariton zu punkten weiß.

Thomas Molke, Online Muzik Magazin

Owen Wingrave

ArtHaus Musik DVD

Peter Savidge’s Coyle captures the character wonderfully.

Opera Now Magazine

Madam 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
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
DELIUS Sea Drift
Songs of Farewell
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
Judas Maccabaeus
HAYDN Various Masses
The Seasons
The Creation
HENZE Novae de Infinitae Laudes
Cris du Monde
JANACEK Glagolitic Mass
MONTEVERDI Vespers 1610
MOZART Various Masses
PURCELL Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day
Spring (Op. 20)
ROSSINI Petite Messe Solennelle
SCHOENBERG A Survivor from Warsaw
SZYMANOWSKI Stabat Mater(Polish)
TIPPETT A Child of Our Time
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

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)
VERDI La Traviata (Germont Pere)
WAGNER Gotterdammerung (Gunther)
WEILL Der Jasager (Teacher)
Street Scene
Threepenny Opera (Macheath)

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