Dutch baritone Peter Bording studied singing with Jan Handerson, graduated cum laude from the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and concluded his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
His extensive repertoire spans all forms of music theatre.
He sang the title roles in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Pelléas et Mélisande to public and critical acclaim during the Wiener Festwochen at the Theater an der Wien, at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatsoper Hannover, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Oper Graz, Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, the Dutch National Touring Opera and the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Hailed as "ideal Pelléas" by Opernwelt, he was nominated as Sänger des Jahres for his portrayal.
He performed Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) in numerous productions, Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte), Nardo (La finta giardiniera) and a show stopping Conte Almaviva in Nicholas Broadhursts production of Le nozze di Figaro under Marc Albrecht.
Further major roles include Marcello (La bohème), Scarpia (Tosca), Tonio and Silvio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Rigoletto, Germont (La traviata), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Riccardo (I puritani), Valentin (Faust), Albert (Werther) and Ramiro (L'heure espagnole).
In contemporary music, he has created leading roles in Eötvös' Lady Sarashina, Jarrells Galilée and Bagwathi's Ramanujan for the opera houses in Lyon, Paris, Geneva and the Munich Biennale.
With successful performances as Werner Egks Peer Gynt and John Proctor in Robert Wards The Crucible at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and in the title role of Von Einems Dantons Tod at the Opernhaus Magdeburg he keeps expanding his repertoire.
Brought up with operetta, Peter is a sought-after romantic lead for the classic roles in this repertoire.
He portrayed Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (Die lustige Witwe) and Edwin (Die Csárdásfürstin) worldwide in over 25 different productions and is as successful in musical theatre classics such as Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate, West Side Story, Candide, Cats, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera or A Little Night Music.
He created the role of Antonio in Brigitte Fassbaender and Stephan Kanyars musical Shylock in Innsbruck, sang the role of Bratfisch during the European premiere of Kálmáns Broadway musical Marinka at the Komische Oper Berlin and Andrea Coclé during the Austrian premiere of Korngolds Die stumme Serenade for the MusikTheater an der Wien.
He hosted and sung the Rotterdam Philharmonic concert series Musical meets Opera at De Doelen in Rotterdam.
Concert works such as Bach's Matthäus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and Orffs Carmina Burana, also take a prominent place in his repertoire.
He made his US debut with the Christ solo in the Matthäus-Passion at the DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC.
A regular guest at the Komische Oper Berlin (Eisenstein, Jupiter/Orpheus in the Underworld, Fred Graham/Kiss Me, Kate, Silvius/Die Perlen der Cleopatra and Bratfisch/Marinka), he performs with many of the German opera houses and festivals, such as the Staatsoper Stuttgart (Pelléas, Papageno, Moralès), Staatsoper Hannover (Pelléas, Danilo, Silvio), Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Danilo, Jupiter), Nationaltheater Mannheim (Papageno, Melot/Tristan und Isolde), Oper Frankfurt (Marullo), the Richard-Strauss-Festival (Da-Ud/Die ägyptische Helena), the Münchener Biennale (world premiere Ramanujan), the theatres in Leipzig, Dortmund, Bonn, Wiesbaden, Magdeburg, Erfurt, Gießen, Koblenz, Bielefeld, Schwerin, Bremen, Wuppertal and many, many others.
He was the leading lyric baritone at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, Staatstheater Darmstadt as well as at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen.
International engagements brought him to the Bregenzer Festspielen in Kurt Weills Der Protagonist and Royal Palace, to the Wiener Festwochen as Pelléas, MusikTheater an der Wien (Die stumme Serenade), l'Opéra national de Paris, l’Opéra comique Paris and l’Opéra national de Lyon (world premiere Lady Sarashina), Grand Théâtre de Genève (world premiere Galilée), Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Eisenstein, Danilo), Oper Graz (Figaro), Theater Basel (Papageno), Hungarian State Opera Budapest (Melot), Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera Warsaw (Lady Sarashina), Dutch Touring Opera (Figaro, Papageno, Cecil/Maria Stuarda, Maximilian/Candide, Mercure/Orpheus in the Underworld) and to the opera and concert stages in Amsterdam, Enschede, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Innsbruck, Luzern, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Kanazawa and Washington DC.
He has worked under the baton of conductors Marc Albrecht, Phillipe Auguin, Peter Eötvös, Peter Falk, Adam Fischer, Antonino Fogliani, Carlo Franci, Yakov Kreizberg, Helmuth Rilling, Mstislav Rostropovitsch, Koen Schoots, Stefan Soltesz, Lothar Zagrosek and with numerous prominent directors such as Barrie Kosky, Dietrich W. Hilsdorf, Johannes Schaaf, Nicolas Brieger, Elmar Gehlen, Michael Sturminger, Georg Schmiedleitner, Hugh Hudson, Ushio Amagatsu, Guy Joosten and Frank Van Laecke.
During the 2023/'24 season, he will continue his run as Jupiter in Barrie Kosky's production of Orpheus in the Underworld at the Komische Oper Berlin (now playing at the Schillertheater) and with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein at both Theater Duisburg and Opernhaus Düsseldorf.
Together with mezzo Susan Maclean and pianist Wolfgang Weichert he will present a program of Kurt Weill songs in the chamber concerts series of the Duisburger Philharmoniker at the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle.
For the Austrian premiere of Kálmáns Marinka, he will revive his role of Joseph Bratfisch at the Oper Graz.