Peter Kálmán

Basso Buffo

Hungarian bass baritone Peter Kalman is widely becoming known for his stage acting and energetic character portrayal, especially in the Italian "Buffo" repertoire.

He is scheduled to sing the roles of Cadmus and Somnus in a concert version of Semele at the Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele conducted by Diego Fasolis, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Paul McCreesh at Opera Vlaanderen and Oroveso in Norma at Oper Zürich.

Recent engagements for Peter Kalman include the role of Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater an der Wien with Marc Minkowski conducting, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte both at the Hungarian State Opera, Boland in Schubert's Fierrabras staged by Peter Stein at the Salzburger Festspiele. Leporello in Sir Thomas Allen's staging of Don Giovanni at the Scottish Opera, Dulcamare in L'elisir d'amore and the title-role in Don Pasquale both at the Hungarian State Opera, Elmiro in Rossini's Otello at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele with Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducting and Bartolo in a concert version of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Theater an der Wien under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Furthermore he sang the role of Le Gouverneur in Rossini's Le Comte Ory at Theater an der Wien, the role of Nonancourt in Nino Rota's opera, Il capello di paglia di Firenze at the Angers-Nantes Opéra in a staging by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, Curio in Händel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Salzburger Festspiele, Don Magnifico in Rossini's La Cenerentola at Den Nye Opera in Bergen/Norway and Elmiro in Rossini's Otello at Opernhaus Zürich.

At the Hungarian State Opera, where he is a regular guest, he already performed roles such as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Il Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sixtus Beckmesser in Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Herr von Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier and Ping in Turandot.

He sang Malatesta in Don Pasquale at the Opera Festival in Miskolc/Hungary where he also performed the role of De Siriex in Giordano's Fedora and the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.

Peter Kalman was a member of the International Opera Studio in Zurich after which he joined the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich from 1998-2006 where he appeared a.o. as Silvano in Un Ballo in Maschera, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore and Angelotti in Tosca and worked with conductors such as Nello Santi, Christoph von Dohnányi, Adam Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Stephan Soltesz, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Franz Welser-Möst.

Born in Budapest, he began his studies with Anna Pauk. Later he continued his musical education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Gabor Carelli and in Hungary with Prof. Mircea Breazu.