Peter Mattei


The Swedish baritone Peter Mattei has established himself as one of the most sought after singers of his generation and has worked with conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Gustavo Dudamel, Jeffrey Tate, Sir Andrew Davis, Daniel Harding and others.

This season Peter Mattei has appeared as Eugene Onegin at Opernhaus Zürich, Šiškov in From the House of the Dead at Opéra National de Paris and Amfortas in Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. Peter returns to the role of Amfortas already this spring, at the Opera in Paris. The previous season, Peter sang Eugene Onegin at both the Met and in Paris as well as Posa in Don Carlos in Zürich, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro at Wiener Staatsoper and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera.


Highlights during the last seasons have included Amfortas in Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni at Teatro alla Scala’s season opening 2011, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of James Levine and Wolfram in Tannhäuser at Staatsoper Berlin. He has also sung Don Fernando in Fidelio at Teatro alla Scala with Barenboim, Eugene Onegin at Wiener Staatsoper. At the Metropolitan Opera Peter has appeared in roles like Don Giovanni, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Wolfram, Marcello in La Bohème, Posa in Don Carlos and Yeletsky in Pique Dame. He has sung Šiškov in From the House of the Dead, directed by Patrice Chéreau, at the Met Opera as well as at Teatro alla Scala and the title role of Billy Budd at Frankfurt Oper and the Göteborg Opera.

With one of his favorite roles, Don Giovanni, Peter Mattei has had the pleasure to work with directors such as Peter Brook and Michael Haneke. He has delighted audiences at Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Royal Swedish Opera and the Norwegian Opera as well as the prestigious festivals of Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Lucerne and Tanglewood.

Peter Mattei’s concert repertoire includes Ein deutsches Requiem, Kullervo, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Bach’s passions, Messiah, Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie and Britten’s War Requiem. His performance of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the Carnegie Hall with the Met Orchestra under the baton of James Levine was nothing but a sensation.

His discography includes DVDs of Don Giovanni (Aix-en Provence), Le nozze di Figaro (Opéra National de Paris), Eugene Onegin (Salzburg) and Parsifal (Metropolitan) and CDs of Mahler’s 8:th Symphony under the baton of Chailly, Berlioz’ Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis (winner of two Grammy Awards), Fidelio with Abbado as well solo CDs.

Peter Mattei studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. He made his debut in 1990 as Nardo in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera at the Drottningholm Court Theatre and made a sensational Royal Swedish Opera debut as Pentheus in Daniel Börtz' The Bacchae (directed by Ingmar Bergman) in 1991.


" ... and the baritone Peter Mattei as Amfortas, in terrific voice, dares to bring out the rashness and inner desires of this stricken leader." (New York Times, February 17, 2013)

Updated April 2018