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Pictured as Peer Gynt, Photo: Volker Beinhorn


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.

On the operatic stage, he has portrayed the title roles in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Pelléas et Mélisande to great 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.
He performed Papageno 
(Die Zauberflöte) in numerous productions, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Nardo (La finta giardiniera) and a show stopping Conte Almaviva in Nicholas Broadhursts production of Le nozze di Figaro under Marc Albrecht.
After highly successful performances as Werner Egks Peer Gynt and as John Proctor in Robert Wards The Crucible at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, he also ventured into a heavier repertoire and sang the title role in Von Einems Dantons Tod and Scarpia (Tosca) at the Opernhaus des Theaters Magdeburg and Rigoletto, Tonio (Pagliacci) and Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) in Braunschweig.
Further major roles include Marcello (La bohème), Silvio (Pagliacci), 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 Peter Eötvös' Lady Sarashina, Michael Jarrells Galilée and Sandeep Bagwathi's Ramanujan for the opera houses in Lyon, Paris, Geneva and the Munich Biennale.

Brought up with operetta, Peter is a very sought-after romantic lead for the great classic roles in this repertoire.
He portrayed Danilo (Die lustige Witwe), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Edwin (Die Csárdásfürstin) worldwide in over 25 different productions and is as highly successful in musical theatre classics by Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide), Kern (Show Boat), Lloyd Webber (Cats, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera), Porter (Kiss Me, Kate) or Sondheim (A Little Night Music).

He created the role of Antonio in Brigitte Fassbaender and Stephan Kanyars musical Shylock! and hosted and sung the Rotterdam Philharmonic concert series Musical meets Opera at De Doelen in Rotterdam.

Concert works like Bach's Passions, Mahler's 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 Matthew Passion at the DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC. 

Peter Bording is a regular guest with many of the German opera houses and festivals, such as the Komische Oper Berlin (Eisenstein, Fred Graham/Kiss Me, Kate, Silvius/Die Perlen der Cleopatra  and Bratfisch during the European premiere of Kálmáns Broadway musical Marinka), Staatsoper Stuttgart (Pelléas, Papageno, Moralès), Staatsoper Hannover (Pelléas, Danilo, Silvio), Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Danilo), Nationaltheater Mannheim (Papageno, Melot), Oper Frankfurt (Marullo), the Richard-Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkichen (Da-ud/Die Ägyptische Helena), the Münchener Biennale (world premiere Ramanujan), the theatres in Leipzig, Dortmund, Bonn, Wiesbaden, Erfurt, Gießen, Koblenz, Bielefeld, Schwerin, Bremen, Wuppertal and many, many others. 
Furthermore, he was the leading lyric baritone at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, Staatstheater Darmstadt as well as at the famed Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen for well over a decade.


International engagements brought him to the Bregenzer Festspielen in Kurt Weills Der Protagonist and Royal Palace, to the Wiener Festwochen as Pelléas, l'Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille, 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), Theater Basel (Papageno), Hungarian State Opera Budapest (Melot), Teatr Wielki Warsaw - Polish National Opera (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 Adam Fischer, Marc Albrecht, Yakov Kreizberg, Lothar Zagrosek, Stefan Soltesz, Mstislav Rostropovitsch, Carlo Franci, Phillipe Auguin, Peter Eötvös, Helmuth Rilling, Koen Schoots, Peter Falk 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 2020/'21 season Peter Bording will be portraying Jupiter in Barrie Kosky's production of Orpheus in the Underworld at both the Komische Oper Berlin as well as at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.

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