Slovakian bass Peter Kellner made his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd). In the 2019/20 Season he sings Colline (La bohème).
Kellner studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and at the University of the Arts in Graz. He has sung in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Brigitte Fassbaender and Helmut Deutsch. He is a former member of Oper Graz, where roles have included Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lord Sydney (Il viaggio a Reims), Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), Colline (La bohème), Innkeeper (Der ferne klang) and Don Estoban (Der Zwerg). He has also appeared for Oldenburg State Theatre, the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, the Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville, the Teatro Verdi, Trieste, for Vienna Volksoper, Festival Valle d’Istria and for Salzburg Festival, in roles including Handel’s Hercules, Osmin, Colline, Masetto (Don Giovanni), Sarastro, Papageno and Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). He is currently a member of Vienna State Opera, where his repertory includes King of Scotland (Ariodante), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Count Lamoral (Arabella), the Bonze (Madama Butterfly) and Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Kellner has sung with orchestras including Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Phiharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. He is the winner of the 2018 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship.