Peter Hoare

Peter Hoare

“Peter Hoare gives a quite chillingly brilliant performance as the dog-man” [A Dog's Heart]

The Telegraph

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Tenor Peter Hoare is renowned for his versatility and his musicianship. Much admired by conductors and directors the world over, his extensive repertoire encompasses everything from the more mainstream repertoire to Desportes in Die Soldaten, Larry King in Anna Nicole and Sharikov in The Dog’s Heart.   He has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Esa Pekka Salonen and can be seen regularly at both Covent Garden and English National Opera, as well as houses across Europe and the US.


Full Biography

Peter Hoare was born in Bradford and initially trained as a percussionist, before making his debut as a singer at Welsh National Opera where his many roles have included Herod Salome, Mal in the world premiere of James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice and Alwa Lulu.  His extensive repertoire encompasses everything from the more mainstream repertoire to B.A. Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole and Alexander Raskatov’s The Dog’s Heart.   He has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Esa Pekka Salonen and can be seen regularly at both Covent Garden and English National Opera, as well as houses across Europe and in the US.

Peter appears regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at English National Opera.  For Covent Garden roles include Mortimer in the premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence,   Sapkin From the House of the Dead,  Fatty Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Larry King Anna Nicole.  At English National Opera he has sung Laca Jenůfa, Zinovy Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Faust The Damnation of Faust and Hermann Queen of Spades.  In other UK appearances he sang Boris Káťa Kabanová for Opera Holland Park and stepped in to sing Laca Jenůfa, for Grange Park Opera’s opening season at the newly built Theatre in the Woods at West Horsley Place.

On the international stage Peter made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Hauptmann Wozzeck and appeared many times as Sapkin in Patrice Chereau’s much loved production of From the House of the Dead, most recently at the Opéra National de Paris.  He sang Alviano Salvago in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten at the Komische Opera Berlin and in Palermo, Sharikov A Dog’s Heart for Die Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, La Scala, English National Opera and Opéra de Lyon and Desportes Die Soldaten for Opernhaus Zürich and in David Pountney’s production at the Ruhr Triennale, the New National Theatre Tokyo and at the Lincoln Centre in New York.   Other appearances include Witch Hänsel und Gretel in Amsterdam, Creon Thebans in Bonn and at ENO, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Lyon.

On the concert platform Peter has recently appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle in performances of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, recorded as part of the orchestra’s multi-disc box set ‘The John Adams Edition’ as well as Ligeti’s Grand Macabre, in a co-production with the London Symphony Orchestra. He appeared at the BBC Proms 2017 singing Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder with the LSO, and the Proms 2016 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.  Further performance include Das Lied von der Erde (Harding/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic), Janacek’s The Diary of One who Disappeared and Elliot Carter’s In sleep in thunder with Contrechamps in Geneva and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Berlioz Romeo et Juliette (Rattle/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), Verdi Requiem (RLPO), La Damnation de Faust and Beethoven Symphony No 9 (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Bochumer Symphoniker), Elgar’s Spirit of England at the Three Choirs Festival and Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Elder/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé).

Peter discography includes Delius’ Song of the High Hills and Master of Ceremonies in Britten’s Gloriana conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras for Decca Records; Tichon Kat’a Kabanová with Carlo Rizzi, and Bardolfo Falstaff with Sir Colin Davis for Chandos; and Leonard Meryll Yeomen of the Guard with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera for the Telarc label.

In the 2018-19 season Peter will sing Sapkin From the House of the Dead at the Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels, Captain Vere Billy Budd with Den Norske Opera, Oslo, and Mortimer in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Opéra de Lyon. Peter will also return to Welsh National Opera as The Goaler / Grand Inquisitor Il Prigioniero and The Magician / Nika Magdoff The Consul as part of their amnesty-themed summer season. On the concert platform Peter will sing Faust Le Damnation de Faust at the Three Choirs Festival and joins Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO for performances of The Cunning Little Vixen in London and Paris.

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version.

Email: Tom Wood



Peter Hoare in Billy Budd

December 3rd, 2018

Tenor joins cast of new production

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Peter Hoare in world premiere

May 8th, 2018

The Royal Opera House premiere new work by George Benjamin

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Peter Hoare at Covent Garden

March 6th, 2018

New production of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead

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Peter Hoare at the Komische Oper

January 16th, 2018

Peter Hoare appears as Alviano Salvago in Die Gezeichneten

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Janacek at the Theatre in the Woods

June 8th, 2017

Natalya Romaniw makes her role debut as Jenufa, joined by Peter Hoare as Laca and Anne-Marie Owens as the Grandmother at Grange Park Opera’s new home at West Horsley Place

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Benjamin LESSONS IN LOVE & VIOLENCE (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)

“Even as a military adviser, Mortimer (the bright-voiced tenor Peter Hoare), argues that love — any love — is “poison” to both the human body and the body politic.”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, (11th May 2018)

“Peter Hoare (is) utterly compelling as Mortimer.”
Warwick Thompson, Metro, (11th May 2018)

“Peter Hoare’s Mortimer – wild-eyed but horribly sane in his actions, spinning even the most grotesque logic into plausible, lovely phrases.”
Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, (11th May 2018)

“Hoare’s Mortimer is sniping, self-righteous.”
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, (19th May 2018)

“Peter Hoare brings a fearsome authority to Mortimer.”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, (11th May 2018)

“Peter Hoare is in clarion voice as the two-timing Mortimer.”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, (11th May 2018)

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Janacek JENUFA (Grange Park Opera at West Horsley Place)

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jenůfa’s hapless suitors Laca and Steva as strongly or sharply defined as they are by Peter Hoare and Nicky Spence. Hoare’s Laca movingly portrays low self-esteem suddenly finding inner strength, […] Both these excellent tenors sing at the top of their game.”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, (21 June 2017)

“his singing soared with passion, at times recalling the great Philip Langridge”
Melanie Ezkanazi, Music OMH (18 June 2017)

“Peter Hoare’s fine musicianship and keen acting skills help him create a character for whom one feels compassion, despite his flaws.”
George Hall, The Stage (19 June 2017)

“Peter Hoare (Laca) makes this fiendishly high role sound easy, his bright timbre well suited. Hoare is pent with energy, liable to explode at any moment in this volcanic portrayal.”
Louise Lewis, British Theatre Guide (14, June 2017)

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“Peter Hoare was a late replacement as Faust, though you could hardly hope for better given that he is a veteran of Terry Gilliam’s groundbreaking English National Opera staging that drew a highly plausible link between Berlioz and Monty Python.”
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian (Mar 2017)

Piet the Pot – LE GRAND MACABRE (London Symphony Orchestra)

“As a craven Everyman, Peter Hoare stood out among a fine cast”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph (Jan 2017)

“A uniformly strong cast included especially fine contributions from Peter Hoare as the inebriated Piet the Pot”
Barry Millington, Evening Standard (Jan 2017)

“The central victim of his taunts, Piet the Pot, provides much of the amusement, thanks to Peter Hoare.”
Michael Tanner, Spectator (Jan 2017)

“Peter Hoare was his usual, bravura self”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times (Jan 2017)

“Lazarus’ tender tenor aria at the end of the first act (sung by Peter Hoare) was a stunning highlight.”
Sam Johnstone, Bachtrack (Jan 2017)

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Laca – JENUFA (English National Opera)

“As his overshadowed brother Laca, Peter Hoare’s angry misfit finds a new maturity through his love for Jenufa.”
Clare Colvin, Sunday Express, July 2016

“Peter Hoare is the intense Laca, his voice dark and strong, the man’s bitterness, desire and remorse beautifully realised.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, June 2016

“The real strength of the cast, though, is in its pair of tenors, Peter Hoare giving another of his gripping character portrayals as Laca…”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, June 2016

“As the initially resentful Laca, Peter Hoare uses his clarion tenor to convey nervous energy.”
John Allison, The Telegraph, June 2016

“Peter Hoare [is] a volcanic Laca, liable to erupt at any moment.”
Barry Millington, Evening Standard, June 2016

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“Peter Hoare and his colleagues perform expertly as Fatty and his motley crew”
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph, March 2015

“Peter Hoare and Willard W. White are terrific as Mahagonny’s sleazeball founding fathers”
Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, March 2015

“Peter Hoare’s Fatty, impressively suave throughout”
Peter Quantrill, The Arts Desk, March 2015

Creon – THE THEBANS (English National Opera)

“Peter Hoare is exceptional as Creon”
Guy Dammann, Guardian, May 2014

“Peter Hoare was outstanding as the despotic Creon, doomed by his own inflexibility. Hoare commands the whole of proceedings both with gesture and stage movement with a strong, flexible tenor voice”
David Karlin, Bachtrack, May 2014

The Captain – WOZZECK (Metropolitan Opera)

“Peter Hoare has long been an outstanding Captain, not unknown to New York audiences after Esa-Pekka Salonen’s devastating performance with the Philharmonia at Lincoln Center eighteen months ago. Snivelling, abrasive, fundamentally decrepit and yet earnestly devoted to a bankrupt moral order, Hoare’s … tenor suits this role superbly, and his contortions onstage thoroughly enacted the Captain’s inherent hypocrisy.”
David Allen, Bachtrack, March 2014

Dallapiccola – IL PRIGONIERO (Royal Festival Hall, Cond. Esa-Pekka Salonen / Dir. David Edwards)

“Peter Hoare’s Gaoler, dressed as a priest (religion as gaoler of free thought), sounded as plausible as he looked.”
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, January 2012

“Peter Hoare oozed creepiness as the Inquisitor.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, January 2012

“Peter Hoare was eminently plausible as the seemingly empathetic Gaoler who turns out to be the Grand Inquisitor undertaking the cruellest of psychological deception.”
Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source, January 2012

“Peter Hoare added yet another highpoint to his already impressive gallery of sinister creeps, singing with unforced clarity, precision and power.”
Stephen Jay-Taylor, Opera Britannia, January 2012

Raskatov – A DOG’S HEART (English National Opera)

“Peter Hoare gives a quite chillingly brilliant performance as the dog-man”
The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen (Nov 2010)

“……..when Sharik becomes Sharikov, the foul-mouthed, spitting, pissing, nose-picking, balalaika-strumming, lout of the species – the excellent Peter Hoare – whose act one curtain line makes us an offer we can (with some relief) refuse.”
The Independent, Edward Seckerson (Nov 2010)

“Peter Hoare is outrageously excellent as the brute the dog turns into.”
The Express, William Hartston (Nov 2010)

“the real plus of ENO’s version is the assumption of the dog’s “human” form by Peter Hoare, a scratchy, goofy, nakedly uninhibited portrayal that marries vulgarity and pathos.”
Financial Times, Andrew Clark (Nov 2010)

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Discography & Repertoire

Verdi – FALSTAFF (DVD/Blu-Ray)

Cast includes Christopher Purves (title role), Dina Kuznetsova, Tassis Chrystoyannis and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.  Richard Jones production from the 2009 Glyndebourne Festival, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.



Cast includes Peter Hoare (Tichon), Cheryl Barker, Jane Henschel and Robert Brubaker.  Conducted by Carlo Rizzi with the Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera.

CHANDOS (2007)


Cast includes Peter Hoare, Stephen Gadd, and Janice Watson.  Conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

NAXOS (2007)

Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
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Associate Artist Manager

Tom Wood (Cambridge)
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