Musical America’s 2020 Vocalist of the year, renowned Swedish baritone Peter Mattei will this season 2022/23 appear as Rodrigo in Don Carlo and in the title role in a new production of Don Giovanni, both at the Metropolitan Opera. Peter Mattei will also visit several major concert houses in Europe together with pianist David Fray, performing one of his favorite pieces, Schubert’s Winterreise.
Peter Mattei has the previous season appeared as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro under Gustavo Dudamel at Opéra National de Paris, which was followed by guest performances at the Semperoper Dresden, again as the Count. At Valencia’s Palau de les Arts he then took on the title role in Wozzeck, with which he made his much-acclaimed role debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the season of 2019/20. Peter Mattei also visited the 2022 Verbier Festival where he performed the role of Don Giovanni in the live broadcast opera concert.
Peter Mattei’s international breakthrough came with the title role in Peter Brook’s staging of Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 1998 and he has since then had the privilege to work with many of the worlds’ foremost conductors and directors on stages across Europe and in the U.S.
Peter Mattei has been a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has been seen in roles such as Amfortas in Parsifal, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, the title role of Eugen Onegin, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, Yeletsky in Pique Dame and Shishkov in From the House of the Dead.
With one of his favorite roles, Don Giovanni, Peter Mattei has had the pleasure to work with directors such as Peter Brook and Michael Haneke. He has delighted audiences at the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Royal Swedish Opera and the Norwegian Opera as well as the prestigious festivals of Salzburg, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Lucerne and Tanglewood.
His discography includes DVDs of Don Giovanni (Aix-en Provence), Le nozze di Figaro (Opéra National de Paris), Eugene Onegin (Salzburg) and Parsifal (Metropolitan) and CDs of Mahler’s 8:th Symphony under the baton of Chailly, Berlioz’ Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis (winner of two Grammy Awards), Fidelio with Abbado as well solo CDs such as Once in My Life (Naxos), Great Baritone Arias, Schubert’s Winterreise (BIS Records) and most recently the recording of Allan Pettersson’s Complete Songs (BIS Records).
Peter Mattei studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. He made his debut in 1990 as Nardo in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera at the Drottningholm Court Theatre and made a sensational Royal Swedish Opera debut as Pentheus in Daniel Börtz’ The Bacchae (directed by Ingmar Bergman) in 1991.
Peter Mattei is appointed Court Singer and has been awarded the medal Litteris et Artibus by H.M. the Swedish King for his outstanding achievements as an artist.