Peter Sidhom

Baritone

"Peter Sidhom is chilling as the six figures who lead Aschenbach towards his nemesis"

Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph

"Peter Sidhom’s Alberich matches John Tomlinson note-for-note in a grand and perceptive interpretation of the Ring’s chief villain"

George Hall, The Stage

"Peter Sidhom's wonderfully dark Scarpia adds a riveting stage presence to his resonant voice"

Anthony Holden, The Observer

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Peter Sidhom was born in Egypt of a Maltese-Italian mother and an Egyptian father, and settled in England at the age of ten. After reading Modern Languages at London University, he studied singing with Hervey Alan and Josephine Veasey.
 
Peter Sidhom has appeared at many of the world’s leading international opera houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, Opera Bastille Paris, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Monnaie Brussels, Teatro Comunale Florence, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Teatro Real de Madrid and Teatro La Fenice. He has also sung leading roles with all the British companies including ENO, Scottish Opera, WNO and Opera North.
 
Operatic roles have included Alberich Der Ring des Nibelungen, Scarpia Tosca and Paolo Simon Boccanegra for Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Falstaff and Pizarro Fidelio for Scottish Opera, The Traveller Death in Venice in Lyon, Bregenz and Aldeburgh, Klingsor Parsifal in Nice, Faninal Der Rosenkavalier in San Francisco and Chicago and Balstrode Peter Grimes at the Bastille and in Geneva.

Equally at home on the concert platform, he has appeared in all the major UK concert halls and appears frequently at the BBC Proms. Conductors he has worked with include Richard Armstrong, David Atherton, Martyn Brabbins, Paul Daniel, Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mark Elder, Bernard Haitink, Richard Hickox, Oliver Knussen, Sir Charles Mackerras, Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi and Edo de Waart.

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Le Roi Arthus, Opera national de Paris

(May/June 2015)

Peter Sidhom delivered a perfect Merlin.

Jos Hermans, Leidmotif

The singers of the numerous smaller roles were greatly convincing, headed by ... Peter Sidhom as Sorcerer Merlin, here the alter ego and conscience of the king.

Christian Wildhagen, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

We applaude ... the manifest authority of Peter Sidhom's Merlin.

BB, Anaclase

Doctor Atomic, Teatro de la Maestranza Seville

(March 2015)

Peter Sidhom’s diction and authority were just right for General Groves.

Victoria Stapells, Opera Magazine

Das Rheingold, Hong Kong Philharmonic

Naxos 8660374-75. (Released: Nov 2015)

Peter Sidhom’s Alberich combines real malevolence with a touch of the panto-mime villain.

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

[Matthias Goerne’s Wotan] is well supported by a cast that includes some vivid characterisations (Peter Sidhom’s high-Gothic Alberich, ...)

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

Alberich is portrayed with snarling menace by baritone Peter Sidhom, who, despite being unafraid of distorting the voice in service to his depiction of the character’s agenda, ultimately sings the part with greater fidelity to Wagner’s score than many recorded Alberichs. In the opera’s first scene, he dispatches 'Hehe! ihr Nicker' with the forcefulness of a gunshot, and Sidhom’s increasingly agitated, unsettling articulations of 'Garstig, glatter glitschriger Glimmer!' and 'Der Welt Erbe gewann'ich zu eigen durch dich?' are electrifying. ... His portrait of the embittered Nibelung is laudably consistent. The baritone’s account of 'Hehe! Hehe! Hieher! Hieher! Tückischer Zwerg!' is invigorating, and in both 'Schau, du Schelm!' and 'Die in linder Lüfte Weh'n da oben ihr lebt' Alberich’s nefarious intentions scintillate in Sidhom’s singing. The opera’s final scene prompts Sidhom to give broad expression to Alberich’s frustration. His 'Wohlan, die Niblungen rief ich mir nah' and 'Gezahlt hab' ich nun laß' mich ziehn!' exude hatred and a burgeoning quest for vengeance. Sidhom is an Alberich who epitomizes villainy without caricature, and his considered, confident singing inspires sympathy for the character’s suffering.

Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts

The storytelling is at the fore; impeccable diction is the order of the day. As revolting as Alberich always is, we can actually hear the flirtatious playfulness in the opera’s opening moments until he realizes that he doesn’t have a chance. And from then on, he’s simply vile–Peter Sidhom sings with an audible sneer and a ringing top to the voice that we rarely get in this role. He’s a baritone with remarkable “face”.

Robert Levine, Classics Today

Peter Sidhom enjoys himself greatly playing Alberich as an out-and-out ‘baddie’ with cackling laughter.

Mike Ashman, Gramophone

Individual performances give great pleasure. ... Peter Sidhom’s ripely bad-ass Alberich.

Marc Valencia, Sinfini Music

Das Rheingold, Opera de Paris

(June 2011)

world-beating performances from his rasping Alberich (Peter Sidhom) and Kim Begley’s Loge

Francis Carlin, Financial Times

baritone Peter Sidhom is wonderfully nasty as Alberich

Judy Fayard, Wall Street Journal

The opera’s two other crucial roles fare better. As the ring’s initial owner, the dwarf Alberich, Peter Sidhom in a vibrantly sung performance appears delirious with power when his fortunes are high but plunges into despair after Wotan wrests the ring from him

George Loomis, New York Times

Peter Sidhom’s Concert Repertoire

J.S BACH Magnificat
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
B Minor Mass
Various cantatas
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
Missa Solemnis
BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem
BRITTEN A War Requiem
BRUCKNER Te Deum
BUXTEHUDE Magnificat
DVORAK Te Deum
Stabat Mater
ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius
The Apostles
FINZI In terra pax
HANDEL The Messiah
Saul
Dettingen Te Deum
HAYDN The Creation (Die Schöpfung)
The Seasons
MAHLER Kindertotenlieder
Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen
MENDELSSOHN Elijah (Elias)
MOZART Requiem
Mass in C
Coronation Mass
RACHMANINOV The Bells
ROSSINI Stabat Mater
Petite Messe Solennelle
SCHOENBERG Gurrelieder
Moses und Aaron
STRAVINSKY Les Noces
TAVERNER The Whale
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS Five Mystical Songs
A Sea Symphony
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
VERDI Messa di Requiem
WALTON Belshazzar’s Feast

Peter Sidhom’s Opera Repertoire

ADAMS Nixon in China (Kissinger)
Doctor Atomic (General Groves)
BARTOK Bluebeard’s Castle (Bluebeard)
BEETHOVEN Fidelio (Pizarro)
BIZET Carmen (Escamillo)
BLISS The Olympians (Jupiter)
BRITTEN Billy Budd (Claggart, Redburn, Flint)
Peter Grimes (Balstrode)
Death in Venice (The Traveller)
DALLAPICCOLA Volo di Notte (Riviere)
DONIZETTI L’Elisir d’Amore (Belcore, Dulcamara)
Don Pasquale (Dr. Malatesta)
Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico)
DVORAK The Jacobin (Bohus)
GLASS Planet 8 (The Representative)
GLUCK Iphigénie en Tauride (Thoas)
GOLDMARK Die Königin von Saba (Solomon)
GOUNOD Faust (Mephistopheles)
Romeo et Juliette (Capulet)
HOLST Savitri (Death)
Wandering Scholar (Fr. Philippe)
LEONCAVALLO I Pagliacci (Tonio)
LEONE L’Oracolo (Cim-Fen)
MASCAGNI Cavelleria Rusticana (Alfio)
L’Amico Fritz (David)
MARTINU The Greek Passion (Father Gregoris)
MASSENET Herodiade (Herod)
McCUNN Jeannie Deans (Deans)
MENOTTI The Consul (Policeman)
MEYERBEER L’Africaine (Nelusko)
MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro, Count)
Così fan tutte (Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)
Die Zauberflöte (Papageno, Speaker)
Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, Leporello)
MUSSORGSKY Khovanshchina (Shaklovity)
OFFENBACH La Belle Hélène (Agamemnon)
Orphée aux Enfers (Jupiter)
Les Contes d’Hoffman (Baritone roles)
PONCHIELLI La Gioconda (Barnaba)
PROKOFIEV Love for Three Oranges (Leander)
War and Peace (Denisov, Napoleon)
PUCCINI Le Villi (Guglielmo Wulf)
La Bohème (Marcello, Schaunard)
Tosca (Scarpia)
Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
La Fanciulla del West (Jack Rance)
Il Tabarro (Michele)
Gianni Schicchi (Schicchi)
REIMANN The Ghost Sonata (Bengtsson)
ROSSINI Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro, Dr Bartolo)
La Cenerentola (Dandini, Don Magnifico)
SCHREKER Der Ferne Klang (Dr. Vigelius)
SMYTH The Wreckers (Pascoe)
STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier (Faninal)
Elektra (Oreste)
Arabella (Mandryka)
STRAVINSKY The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow)
Oedipus Rex (Messenger)
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Onegin)
Queen of Spades (Tomsky)
TIPPETT King Priam (Priam)
VERDI La Traviata (Germont)
Un Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
Rigoletto (Rigoletto, Monterone)
Aida (Amonasro)
Falstaff (Ford, Falstaff)
Otello (Iago)
Macbeth (Macbeth)
Nabucco (Nabucco)
Simon Boccanegra (Paolo)
WAGNER The Ring Cycle (Alberich, Donner, Gunther)
Die Meistersinger (Beckmesser)
Parsifal (Klingsor)
Lohengrin (Telramund, Herald)
Der Fliegende Holländer (Dutchman)
Rienzi (Orsini)
WALTON The Bear (Smirnov)
ZEMLINSKY Der Zwerg (Don Estoban)

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