PETER KÁLMÁN, Bass-Baritone

A broad range of repertoire on leading international stages distinguishes Peter Kálmán as one of the most dynamic bass-baritones before the public today. Highly regarded for his engaging character portrayals in the Italian "Buffo" tradition, he is no less accomplished in the dramatic roles of Bartók, Strauss, and Wagner. Collaborations have yielded performances with many of the world's most prestigious conductors including Christoph von Dohnányi, Ádám Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Nello Santi, Stefan Soltész, Franz Welser-Möst, and Jaap van Zweden.

During the 2017-18 season, the native of Budapest, Hungary bows at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival as Mustafa in a new production of L'Italiana in Algeri - opposite the Isabella of his frequent collaborator, Cecilia Bartoli - in a new production directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier under the baton of Jean-Christophe Spinosi. His celebrated Bartolo is brought to life in a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia directed by Laurent Pelly and led by Jérémie Rhorer, premiering at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and later touring to the Opéra de Marseilles and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. He also joins Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic as Alberich in Götterdämmerung and assays Don Magnifico in concert performances of La cenerentola at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées conducted by Enrique Mazzola.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances of Alberich in Das Rheingold conducted by Ádám Fischer in Budapest; the role of Oroveso in a production of Norma, alongside Cecilia Bartoli, at the Opernhaus Zürich, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Edinburgh International Festival, and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; and a new Peter Stein production of Schubert's Fierrabras under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher at the Salzburg Festspiele.

At the Hungarian State Opera, where he is a regular guest, he has performed Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore, Herr von Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Sixtus Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the title roles of Don Pasquale and Gianni Schicchi.

Additional credits that further illustrate Peter Kálmán's artistic versatility include Rossini's Otello at the Opernhaus Zürich, La cenerentola at Bergen Nasjonale Opera, and Le Comte Ory at the Theater an der Wien; Handel's Semele at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival; and staged presentations of Le Nozze di Figaro under the batons of Paul McCreesh at Vlaamse Opera, at Theater an der Wien with Marc Minkowski, and in concert under the direction of the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna.