Peter Van Hulle - tenor


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 Hélčne, Borsa Rigoletto, Pong Turandot, Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Idiot Wozzeck and Roderigo Otello (ENO), Dr Caius Falstaff (Scottish Opera/Diva Opera), Cockerel/Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen (Scottish Opera/ETO), Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, Goro Madama Butterfly, 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 (Longborough Festival), Ogier in Schubert’s Fierrabras and Vitelozzo Lucrezia Borgia (Buxton Festival), and the title role in Handel’s Imeneo (Opera on a Shoestring). In summer 2012 he made his role debut as Kudrjaš Katya Kabanova (Longborough Festival)

In 2001 he created the title role in John Bevan Baker’s opera The Seer in Dingwall, Scotland, and performed Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for the European Opera Centre in the first performances of this opera in Hungary. In 2002 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. He created the lead role of Charlie Despard in Edward Rushton’s opera The Young Man and the Carnation for (Almeida, Buxton and Warwick Festivals), and the role of the Slave in Stuart MacRae’s The Assassin Tree (Edinburgh Festival/Linbury Studio). He has taken part in Scottish Opera’s Five: 15 Made in Scotland project and in 2012 sang in Seven Deadly Sins for the same company. Last year he sang 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.

Plans include Kunz Vogelgesang The Mastersingers of Nurmberg (ENO) and Idiot Wozzeck (BBCSSO)

last updated Oct 16, 2014