Peter studied music at St John’s College, Oxford and began his operatic career as Chorus Master at Glyndebourne, followed by several years as Head of Music Staff and Resident Conductor with The Australian Opera in Sydney. He returned to London to become Assistant Music Director at English National Opera, where his repertoire included Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Otello, Rigoletto, Carmen, Maria Stuarda, Orfeo, Hansel & Gretel, The Turn of the Screw, and all the major Mozart operas.
Recent performances in the UK and elsewhere have included L’amore dei tre re, Norma, I Gioielli della Madonna and Falstaff (Opera Holland Park), Aida and La Fanciulla del West (Opera Queensland), a triple bill of Massenet and Martinu (Guildhall School), and the 25th anniversary revival of Jonathan Miller’s ENO production of The Mikado, of which he was the original conductor.
Further credits include Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida and Carmen (Royal Albert Hall), Andrea Chénier and La Traviata (Opera Queensland), Die Zauberflöte (Opera Zuid), and Falstaff (Scottish Opera). Peter has worked with most of the major British orchestras, and has appeared regularly with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
For television, he has conducted Jonathan Miller’s productions of Così fan tutte and The Mikado, and, for Channel 4, The Marriage of Figaro. For eight years he was Artistic Director of British Youth Opera, for whom he most recently conducted Paul Bunyan, The Bartered Bride and The Rake’s Progress.
In addition to his work as a performer, he teaches and coaches singers regularly at the National Opera Studio, the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme, and the Guildhall School, as well as the Royal College of Music, and the Royal Academy of Music where he was recently elected Hon ARAM.
Projects last season included Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades for Opera Holland Park and English Eccentrics by Malcolm Williamson for British Youth Opera. In November he co-conducted ENO’s Marvellous Miller, celebrating Jonathan Miller’s productions spanning 40 years at the London Coliseum.
In the spring Peter prepared students on the GSMD Opera Course for performances at Milton Court, London and in Fontainebleau, France. During the summer season he will make his fifteenth consecutive appearance at Opera Holland Park, conducting Leoncavallo’s Zazá, and on 24 September, Peter will conduct the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the Finals of The Grange Festival International Singing Competition in Hampshire.