Australian baritone Peter Coleman-Wright made his Royal Opera debut in 1990 as Dandini (La Cenerentola) and has since sung roles including Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Marcello (La bohème), Billy Budd, Narrator (Paul Bunyan), Donner (Das Rheingold), Gunther (Götterdämmerung) and Sixtus Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Pietro Fléville (Andrea Chénier).
Coleman-Wright moved to England to begin his singing career, making his debut as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) with English Touring Opera. He has since performed for the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Paris Opéra, La Fenice, Venice, La Scala, Milan, and at the Bregenz, Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence festivals. He has a strong relationship with English National Opera, where his roles include Don Giovanni, Scarpia (Tosca), Eugene Onegin, Billy Budd, Traveller (Death in Venice) and Michele (Il tabarro). He created the roles of Colin (David Blake’s The Plumber’s Gift) and John (Jonathan Harvey's Inquest of Love) and has sung the title role in Detlev Glanert’s Caligula for ENO, in Amsterdam and at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. For Opera Australia his many roles include Don Giovanni, Billy Budd, Macbeth, Scarpia, Traveller, Captain Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Mandryka (Arabella), Pizarro (Fidelio) and creating the role of Harry Joy (Brett Dean’s Bliss).
Coleman-Wright appears regularly in concert in major venues around the world. His recordings include The Rape of Lucretia (Grammy nominated), Benvenuto Cellini, Der Liebe der Danae, Le nozze di Figaro, Belshazzar’s Feast and Fidelio.
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9 January 2012
Concert performance of Wagner's opera to take place on 11 January.
Eric Halfvarson as Fafner, Andrew Rees as Froh, Iain Paterson as Fasolt, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Peter Coleman-Wright as Donner, Stig Andersen as Loge and Sarah Connolly as Fricka © Clive Barda/ROH 2012
Peter Coleman-Wright as Gunther and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Gutrune in Götterdämmerung © Clive Barda/ROH 2012
Stefan Vinke as Siegfried, Peter Coleman-Wright as Gunther and John Tomlinson as Hagen in Götterdämmerung © Clive Barda/ROH 2012
Peter Coleman-Wright as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg © Clive Barda/ROH 2011
Peter Coleman-Wright as Beckmesser and Sir John Tomlinson as Pogner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg © Clive Barda/ROH 2011
Peter Coleman-Wright as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg © Clive Barda / ROH 2011
Peter Coleman-Wright as Beckmesser, Wolfgang Koch as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg © Clive Barda / ROH 2011
Peter Coleman-Wright in Götterdämmerung, The Royal Opera © Clive Barda