Born in England, of German-Austrian parentage, tenor Peter Bronder began his career as principal tenor at Glyndebourne and Welsh National Opera, singing many leading roles in the Italian lyric repertoire. He has since moved into the more dramatic, predominantly German repertoire. He made his American debut as Mime in Wagner’s Siegfried with The Cleveland Orchestra, followed by his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2005. He has also sung the role at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Staatsoper Berlin, Theatro Municipal de Sao Paolo, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and has performed as Loge in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Edinburgh International Festival, Oper Stuttgart, and the Ruhrtriennale Festival.
Other signature roles include Herod in R. Strauss’s Salome in Milan, Madrid, Frankfurt, São Paolo, Hong Kong, and at the Bolshoi; he reprises the character with Frankfurt Radio Symphony in the 2016–17 season. He has sung the title roles of Wagner’s Rienzi (in Frankfurt), Britten’s Peter Grimes (Bielefeld), Pfitzner’s Palestrina (Frankfurt and Zurich), and Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (Frankfurt and Seville). He has performed the roles of Erik in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Rouen and Paris), Shuisky in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (Torino), and Luzio Das Liebesverbot (Frankfurt and Madrid).
Peter Bronder is a regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; roles have included Arturo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Cassio in Verdi’s Otello, Pedrillo in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Andres in Berg’s Wozzeck, Selem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, First Jew in Salome, and Trabuco in Verdi’s Forza del Destino. In 2016–17 he returns there as Yarushkin in Shostakovich’s The Nose. Recent engagements also include performances as the Moneylender in Rachmaninoff’s The Miserly Knight with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hauptmann in Wozzeck at Oper Frankfurt, and concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. Other notable credits include the Bregenz Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, La Monnaie, and San Francisco Opera.