A sought-after interpreter of contemporary music, British baritone Peter Brathwaite has given many world premieres. In 2020 he made his acclaimed Royal Opera House Covent Garden main stage debut as Martin Carter in Hannah Kendall’s one-person opera “The Knife of Dawn”. Engagements at The Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre include the world premiere of Jules Maxwell’s “The Lost Thing”, and the role of Narrator in the world premiere of Little Bulb’s “Wolf Witch Giant Fairy” (winner of an Olivier Award 2022).
Current and future engagements include his house and role debut as Joey in the world premiere Kris Defoort’s “The Time of Our Singing” at La Monnaie/ De Munt, Brussels; Pero Jones in the world premiere of “Migrations” at Welsh National Opera, and Stubb in Olga Neuwirth’s “The Outcast” at the Philharmonie de Paris with Ensemble intercontemporain and Matthias Pintscher.
Elsewhere he has sung principal roles for Glyndebourne, Opéra de Lyon, Edinburgh International Festival, Opera North, Nederlandse Reisopera, Danish National Opera, and at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Philharmonie Luxembourg. He conceived and performed in “Effigies of Wickedness” for English National Opera and the Gate Theatre.
The baritone graduated with a first-class degree in Philosophy and Fine Art from Newcastle University and holds a Master’s with distinction from the Royal College of Music, where he studied at the RCM International Opera School. He continued his training at the Flanders Opera Studio, Ghent. In 2021 Peter Brathwaite was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.
He is a broadcaster for BBC Radio 3 and has written for The Guardian newspaper. His first book will be published by Getty publication in 2023.