Don Giovanni

English National Opera

Madame Butterfly

PACT (South Africa)

Eugene Onegin

Kent Opera

Rebecca

Opera North

Orfeo

BBC Television

Peter Knapp

Conductor | Singer | Vocal Coach

Background.

 

 

Principal baritone roles sung in the following operas

 

Beethoven: Fidelio

Britten: The Prodigal Son, Billy Budd, The Rape of Lucretia

Cavalli: L’Ormindo

Handel: Agrippina

Josephs: Rebecca

Monteverdi: Orfeo

Mozart: Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro

Puccini: La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, Tosca

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Rossini: The Barber of Seville

Szymanowski: King Roger

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Ullmann: Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano, Falstaff, Macbeth , Nabucco, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore

Wagner: Tanhäuser

Weill: Happy End

 

 (In concert – Bizet: Carmen, Verdi: La Forza del Destino, Un Ballo in Maschera, Stravinksy: Le Rossingol.

Covered - Bizet: Les Pêcheurs des Perles, Busoni: Faust, Massenet: Cendrillon,

Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse, Prokofiev: War and Peace, R.Strauss: Capriccio, Die Liebe der Danae)

 

Operas conducted

 

Bizet: Carmen

Mozart: Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro

Puccini: La Bohème, Madame Butterfly

Rossini: The Barber of Seville

Verdi: La Traviata.

 

 Conductors worked with

 

Pierre Boulez, Meredith Davies, Andrew Davis, Mark Elder, Ivan Fischer, Louis Frémaux,

Michael Gielen, Charles Groves, Vernon Handley, Elgar Howarth, David Lloyd Jones,

James Lockhart, James Loughran, Charles Mackerras, John Mauceri, Zubin Mehta,

Kenneth Montgomery, Roger Norrington, John Pritchard, Simon Rattle, Geoffrey Tate.

 

Peter Knapp grew up in St Albans (near London) where he began his musical life in the Cathedral. He then went to St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read English and sang in the Chapel Choir, studying singing privately in London. After graduating, he continued his musical and language studies in Italy, where he worked with the baritone Tito Gobbi, and where he also sang in the first seasons of Musica nel Chiostro in Tuscany. Returning to the UK, he joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, covering a number of major roles, and made his solo debut with the Glyndebourne Tour, singing Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. He went on to sing this role at the English National Opera, where he also sang the title role in Don Giovanni. He worked for a number seasons with Kent Opera under Roger Norrington, appearing in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (filmed by BBC Television), Eugene Onegin, Fidelio and La Traviata. He had also begun to enjoy a career as a concert and recital singer and success in international competitions led to tours of Australia and trips to North and South America, as well as regular recitals on BBC Radio 3. He also began singing opera abroad, in Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy, where he sang for La Fenice in Venice and at the Maggio Musicale in Florence. At home he sang the title role in the British premier of Szymanowski’s King Roger under Charles Mackerras and created the role of Maxim in Joseph’s Rebecca for Opera North. Mid-career he began to explore ways of presenting opera in ways that would make it more accessible to a wider audience, translating and adapting the mainstream repertoire to be accompanied by a chamber-sized orchestra. This also awakened a keen interest in training future generations of singers and after a period as Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, he set up British Youth Opera, with the aim of helping singers bridge the gap between full-time training and professional work. He then set up his own company, Travelling Opera, which toured extensively to many major theatres and concert halls in the UK and France, presenting seasons in London at Sadlers Wells and at the South Bank and Barbican Concert Halls. One of his productions, La Périchole by Offenbach, was filmed by BBC Television. More recently he has set up his orchestra, the London International Sinfonia, made up of musicians from all over the world who have studied at London Conservatoires. They have given concerts in a number of London venues and most recently played for a staged performance of Madame Butterfly at the Cadogan Hall. A skilful coach of singers, actors and instrumentalists, he currently teaches in London at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in Greenwich and at the Drama Centre at Central St Martins.

Don Giovanni

English National Opera

Madame Butterfly

PACT (South Africa)

Eugene Onegin

Kent Opera

Orfeo

BBC Television

Rebecca

Opera North

Don Giovanni

Kent Opera

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