Swedish-born Peter Mattei made his debut in 1990 at the Drottningholm Court Theatre singing the role of Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera. The following year, he gave his first performance at the Stockholm Opera (as Pentheus in the Ingmar Bergman production of Daniel Börtz’s The Bacchae).
In 1998, his interpretation of the title role in Don Giovanni at the Aix Festival earned him international recognition. He sang the same role at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin Staasoper, the Paris Opera, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Milan’s La Scala, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, and on stage in Zurich, San Francisco, Chicago, Stockholm, Oslo, as well as at the Salzburg, Lucerne and Tanglewood Festivals. He has made regular guest appearances at the Metropolitan Opera (Amfortas in Parsifal, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, Figaro in the Barber of Seville, Marcello in La Bohème, and Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades) and he performed the role of Chiskov in Patrice Chéreau's production of From the House of the Dead in New York and Milan. More recently, he sang the role of Don Fernando in Fidelio under the baton of Daniel Barenboim for the opening of the 2014 / 2015 season at La Scala.
His other roles include Wolfram in Tannhäuser at the Berlin Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera, Posa in Don Carlo at the Norwegian Opera and the Royal Swedish Opera, the title role in Billy Budd in Frankfurt and Gothenburg, and Amfortas in Stockholm.
This season, he is appearing at the Vienna Staatsoper (the Count in The Marriage of Figaro), the Zurich Opera (Posa), and the Metropolitan Opera (Figaro, Eugene Onegin). He has sung under the direction of some of the world’s great conductors, including Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Gustavo Dudamel, Jeffrey Tate, Sir Andrew Davis, and Daniel Harding. Peter Mattei also performs a large repertoire in concert, ranging from the baroque to contemporary works (Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’s German Requiem, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wurnderhorn and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mendelssohn’s Elias, Sibelius’ Kullervo, Britten’s War Requiem…). He has made numerous DVD recordings including Don Giovanni (Aix-en-Provence), The Marriage of Figaro (the Paris Opera), Eugene Onegin (Salzburg), and Parsifal (Metropolitan Opera).
Chiskov and Amfortas at the Paris Opera. •