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Peter Volpe - Sparafucile
American bass Peter Volpe continually receives critical and popular acclaim on four continents. Possessing a vast and ever-expanding repertoire of over 80 roles in 6 languages, he commands an impressive expanse of style and interpretive skill. From Mozart’s title role in Don Giovanni to Gounod’s Mephistopheles in Faust, and Verdi’s Zaccaria in Nabucco to Archbishop Thomas á Beckett in Pizzetti’s L’assassinio nella Cattedrale, Mr. Volpe embraces the depth of historical and fictional characters, and the music of composers from the past and present. Of a recent portrayal in Faust, the American Record Guide exclaims, “Bass Peter Volpe as Mephistopheles seemed in constant motion for each new manifestation of his trickery...his vocal resources are impressive.” Mr. Volpe remains in constant demand in houses worldwide including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera, Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Hawaii Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Vancouver Opera, as well as European opera companies of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Bremen, Strasbourg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Saarbrüken, Darmstadt, Duisburg, Trier, Braunschweig, Württenburg, Colmar, Mulhouse, Riccione, Imola, and Prague.
Mr. Volpe made his notable Metropolitan Opera debut in their new production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace, and subsequently returned for new productions of Berlioz’ Les Troyen, Strauss’ Salome, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, as well as Falstaff, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, Aida, I Vespri Siciliani, Cyrano di Bergerac, and Andrea Chenier. In addition, he has appeared with San Francisco Opera in productions of Salome, Nabucco, and Romeo et Juliette, with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Falstaff, and most recently with Washington Opera for Britten’s Billy Budd and Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, Mephistopheles in Faust and Ramfis in Aida with Palm Beach Opera, Mephistopheles in Faust with Vancouver Opera, a debut with Portland Opera as Banquo in Macbeth, and bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
In the 2007-2008 Season and beyond, Mr. Volpe performs Deguiche in world premiere of Cyrano with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of Philadelphia and Florida Grand Opera, as well as returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Jacqueau in War and Peace. In addition, he will sing Gremin in Eugene Onegin with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the Arizona Opera and Portland Opera, the bass soloist in the Austin Lyric Opera Gala, and the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Arizona State University. Most recent engagement from the 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, the Bass Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Philharmonic, and Zuniga in Carmen with the Seiji Ozawa Opera Project in Japan.
As a concert soloist, he has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London at the Chichester Festival, the Manhattan Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, L’Orchestra d’Imola in Italy, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Queens Symphony, and the Augusta Choral Society. He has also performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the New York Metropolitan Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony and Augusta Choral Society, Handel’s Messiah with Edmonton and Louisville Symphonies, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Choral Society of Philadelphia. Other concert credits include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Bach’s Magnificat, St. John’s Passion and numerous cantatas, Dvorak’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor.
Conductors Mr. Volpe has performed with include James Levine, Joseph Rescigno, George Manahan, Vincent La Selva, Valery Gergiev, Sir John Pritchard, Semyon Bychkov, Marcello Viotti, Maurizio Arena, Heinz Fricke, and Hans Vonk.