One of America’s foremost character bass-baritones, Peter Strummer has earned a reputation for endowing his buffo characterizations with incredible depth and humanity. His signature portrayals are described as “highly individual, each formidably different whether as Bartolo or Don Magnifico or Beckmesser or Pasquale.” This season, engagements include Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with Syracuse Opera, the title role in Don Pasquale with Opera Orlando and Vero Beach Opera, the title role in The Mikado with Kentucky Opera, Sacristan in Tosca with Opera Tampa, and Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids.
Engagements from recent seasons include the title role in Don Pasquale and Candy in Of Mice and Men with Manitoba Opera; Reverend Baines in Elmer Gantry and Sulpice in La fille du régiment with Tulsa Opera; Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Fondazione del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème at Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opera Tampa, and Syracuse Opera; Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Austin Lyric Opera, the Atlanta Opera, and Kentucky Opera; Pasha Selim in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Arizona Opera; Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri at Austin Lyric Opera; Daland in Der fliegende Holländer in concert with the Syracuse Symphony; Sulpice in La fille du régiment at Palm Beach Opera; and Magnifico in La Cenerentola at Shreveport Opera. In concert, he performed the baritone solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Israel Symphony Orchestra and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
He performed his signature roles of: Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia which he performed with Manitoba Opera, Nashville Opera, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Carolina, Austin Lyric Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Las Vegas, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Calgary Opera; Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Arizona Opera, Orlando Philharmonic, Palm Beach Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Atlanta Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre; and Sacristan in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company, Manitoba Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Arizona Opera.
In addition he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème, the Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen and Alcalde in La forza del destino with San Francisco Opera; Seattle Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle covering Alberich; Rashid in Haroun, the title role of Don Pasquale, and Candy in Of Mice and Men with New York City Opera; the Major Domo in Ariadne auf Naxos with Dallas Opera; Daland in Der fliegende Holländer with Arizona Opera; Sulpice in La fille du régiment with Michigan Opera Theater; Don Pasquale with Opera Lyra Ottawa and Florentine Opera; Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with The Atlanta Opera; the title role in The Mikado at Opera New Jersey; as well as Alberich in Das Rheingold with New Orleans Opera.
Many of Mr. Strummer’s performances were recorded and broadcast throughout the world. His appearances with the Canadian Opera Company as Melitone in La forza del destino and as Sacristan in Tosca were aired on CBC Television, and his portrayal of Musikmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee was made into a film, which was broadcast in the United States on PBS. His performance as Devilshoof in The Bohemian Girl with Central City Opera has been released on Voce Records.