Biography

"Martin has a pleasing, agile tenor; he executed the coloratura with aplomb, and alone among the cast had mastered a Baroque trill."

- Claire Seymour ,Opera Today

"Peter Martin's Emilio offered a swaggering, self-confident contrast [...] his tenor was light, melodic and well - modulated."

- The Idle Woman

Peter is a London based Operatic and Concert Tenor much in demand around the United Kingdom. Peter studied at the Royal College of Music, completing his Masters in Performance in 2019 under the tutelage of Russell Smythe. He previously completed his BA (Hons) in Music at the University of Leeds and was awarded both the Toothill Performance Award and the Lord Snowden Award during his studies. Since 2019 he has worked with Opera Holland Park, British Youth Opera, Hampstead Garden Opera and has toured with both Opera Sonic and Opera Holland Park.

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Peter grew up in St Albans and has always had a passion for music. He played the trumpet and piano from an early age and as he grew older began to develop a passion for singing. Whilst at university he began to perform in musicals and slowly developed a taste for the stage, this led on to an interest in Opera and early music. After completing his BA (hons) he returned to St Albans and sang as a Lay Clerk at St Albans Cathedral from 2015 to 2019. He returns to St Albans frequently for services and also sings in churches and cathedrals around London. Significant performances whilst a Lay Clerk for St Albans Cathedral include John Rutter's Christmas Celebration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Voces 8 at the Royal Albert Hall; the 3 Choirs Concert as part of the International Organ Festival and both television and radio recordings for the BBC on many occasions.

Recent Roles include Emilio (Partenope); Frederic (Pirates of Penzance); Alfredo (Die Fledermaus); Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi) Hilarion (Princess Ida); Damon (Acis and Galatea); Filch (The Beggar’s Opera); Spoleta (Tosca); Rinnucio (Gianni Schicchi) and Beppe (I Pagliacci). Peter has performed many works of Oratorio including Schütz’s Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Stainer’s Crucifixion and Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music. Peter has performed both at the Grimebourne and Tête à Tête festivals in London and has premiered many new works, these include Will Todd's If I had Wings and Ann Dudley’s I am Alban at the Royal Albert Hall; a series of contemporary works at the Royal College of Music entitled Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus; and David Blake's Scoring a Century with British Youth Opera at the Peacock Theatre.