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 includes the Count in Le nozze di Figaro at Wiener Staatsoper, Posa in Don Carlo at Opernhaus Zürich, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role of Eugen Onegin on the same stage and at Opéra National de Paris. Last season Peter appeared as Wolfram in Tannhäuser at the Metropolitan Opera and Amfortas in Parsifal at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.
At the Metropolitan Opera Peter Mattei has appeared in several roles such as Amfortas in Parsifal, the Count in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of James Levine, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in La Bohème and Yeletsky in Pique Dame. He has sung Shishkov in From the House of the Dead, directed by Patrice Chéreau, at the Metropolitan Opera as well as at Teatro alla Scala. He has also sung Don Fernando in Fidelio at la Scala with Barenboim, Wolfram in Tannhäuser at Staatsoper Berlin, Posa at the Norwegian Opera and the Royal Swedish Opera and the title role of Billy Budd at the Frankfurt Opera 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 the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, Teatro alla Scala, 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.
Mattei’s concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s Elias,Ein deutsches Requiem, Kullervo, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Bach’s passions, Messiah, Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie and Britten’s War Requiem. His recent 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 March 2017