Peter Van Hulle

Peter Van Hulle was born in Cumbria. He read music at Leeds University and then studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Peter Alexander Wilson, and the National Opera Studio. He has won the Alexander Peden Fyfe Award, the Sybil Tutton Award and the John Scott Award, and been awarded Scholarships by Shell UK and the Countess of Munster Trust.

Opera includes Hotel Porter Death in Venice (English National Opera/La Monnaie/La Scala), Menelaus La Belle Hélène, Borsa Rigoletto, Pong Turandot, Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roderigo Otello, Kunz Vogelgesang The Mastersingers of Nurmberg and Tchaplitsky The Queen of Spades. (ENO), Idiot Wozzeck (ENO/BBCSSO), Dr Caius Falstaff (Scottish Opera/Diva Opera), Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen (Welsh National Opera/Scottish Opera/ETO), Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, Goro Madama Butterfly, Brother Seven Deadly Sins, Charles Lamb Monster, Rector Peter Grimes and Tchaplitsky The Queen of Spades (Scottish Opera), Don Ottavio (Mid Wales Opera/Opera Project), Alfredo La Traviata and Spoletta Tosca (Opera Holland Park), Guillot de Morfontaine Manon, Dr Blind Die Fledermaus and Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro (English Touring Opera), Mime Siegfried and Kudrjaš Katya Kabanova (Longborough Festival), Ogier in Schubert’s Fierrabras and Vitelozzo Lucrezia Borgia (Buxton Festival), Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (European Opera Centre in Hungary) and the title role in Handel’s Imeneo (Opera on a Shoestring). He recorded Schoolmaster/Mosquito/Grasshopper for an animated film of The Cunning Little Vixen for BBC TV with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Kent Nagano.

Peter Van Hulle created the lead role of Charlie Despard in Edward Rushton’s opera The Young Man and the Carnation for (Almeida, Buxton and Warwick Festivals), the role of the Slave in Stuart MacRae’s The Assassin Tree (Edinburgh Festival/Linbury Studio) and the title role in John Bevan Baker’s opera The Seer in Dingwall, Scotland,. He has taken part in Scottish Opera’s Five: 15 Made in Scotland project and performed the role of the Butcher in David Fenessy and David Shrigley’s Pass the Spoon in Glasgow and the Southbank Centre (Magnetic North),

His concert repertoire includes J S Bach’s St John Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Britten’s St Nicholas, Elgar’s The Kingdom, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Purcell’s King Arthur and Fairy Queen, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Verdi’s Requiem. He has performed opera arias with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and toured with the Rambert Dance Company singing Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, and with Birmingham Royal Ballet in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.

Most recent performances include Shepherd Tristan und Isolde (ENO) and Bardolph Falstaff (CBSO).

Falstaff/CBSO “The singers wore evening dress but, in the case of the men, cleverly subverted, with Lukas Jakobski’s tall Pistola and Peter van Hulle’s shorter Bardolph roughed up to make a classic partnership.” Guardian, July 2016

” A ruddy-nosed, bright-toned Bardolph from Peter Van Hulle….completed a lively cast.” backtrack, July 2016

Tristan and Isolde/English National Opera “Diction was generally excellent, with Peter Van Hulle particularly notable as the Shepherd in Act III.” Mark Ronan, June 2016

Otello/English National Opera “The rest of the cast made a consistently good impression, even Peter Van Hulle’s foppish, mandolin-playing Roderigo.” Opera Magazine, September 2014

The Magic Flute/Scottish Opera “…further down the cast sounded first-rate: Peter van Hulle, playing Monostatos as a dastardly Regency Sir Jasper…” The Telegraph, October 2012

Katya Kabanova/Longborough Festival “Peter van Hulle’s Kudryash is a reassuring figure with his simple, scientific view of life; but he’s a mere child in the presence of these dark passions, unlit by electricity. Interestingly, the rational man knows folksongs and sings them sweetly.” Arts Desk, July 2012

Pass the Spoon/Magnetic North “The cast and orchestra are excellent, the most compelling role being the Butcher, at once mellifluous, spooky and infantile. Peter Van Hulle sings it with menacing beauty.” The List, November 2011

A Midsummer Night’s Dream/ENO “Peter van Hulle also gave a memorable whisky-swilling performance as Tom Snout.” Express, May 2011

Death in Venice/ENO “…with excellent cameos from … Peter Van Hulle…” Independent on Sunday, June 2007

The Assassin Tree/Edinburgh Festival “Peter van Hulle give [a] nimble, clean-cut performance as the Slave.” The Scotsman, August 2006

The Cunning Little Vixen, English Touring Opera “The outstanding performances came from Peter Van Hulle as the Schoolmaster, the Cock and Mosquito…..establishing real characters for each role.”
Opera Magazine December 2002