Amsterdam-born 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 during the Wiener Festwochen, at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatsoper Hannover, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Oper Graz, Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, the Dutch 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.
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 performances of Werner Egks Peer Gynt, the title role in Von Einems Dantons Tod and John Proctor in Robert Wards The Crucible, he keeps expanding his repertoire.
He sang Kurt Weills Der Protagonist and Royal Palace at the Bregenzer Festspielen and the role of Da-Ud (Die Ägyptische Helena) at the Richard-Strauss-Festival.
Further major roles include Marcello (La bohème), Scarpia (Tosca), Tonio und Silvio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Rigoletto, Germont (La traviata), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Riccardo (I puritani), Melot (Tristan und Isolde), Heerrufer (Lohengin), Valentin (Faust), Albert (Werther) and Ramiro (L'heure espagnole).
Brought up with operetta, Peter is a sought-after romantic lead for the classics 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.
He performs in concert works such as Bach's Matthäus- and Johannes-Passion, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and Orffs Carmina Burana. With the Christ solo in the Matthäus-Passion he made his US debut at the DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC.
A regular guest at the Komische Oper Berlin, he performed at the Bregenzer Festspielen, the Wiener Festwochen, the Richard-Strauss-Festival, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatsoper Hannover, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Oper Frankfurt, MusikTheater an der Wien, Oper Graz, l'Opéra national de Paris, l’Opéra comique Paris, l’Opéra national de Lyon, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Hungarian State Opera Budapest, Polish National Opera Warsaw, Dutch Touring Opera and to the opera and concert stages in Amsterdam, Enschede, Brussels, Antwerp, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Kanazawa, Washington DC, Innsbruck, Basel, Luzern, Leipzig, Cologne, Duisburg, Dortmund, Bonn, Wiesbaden, Bremen, Magdeburg, Erfurt, Gießen, Koblenz, Bielefeld, Schwerin, Wuppertal and many, many others.
He was the leading lyric baritone at Staatstheater Braunschweig, Staatstheater Darmstadt and the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen.
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 Wiechert 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.