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The Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, who was born in 1965 in Piteå, completed his vocal training in Stockholm and made his stage debut in 1990 at the Drottningholm Palace Theater in the role of Nardo in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. He was soon engaged by the Royal Opera in Stockholm, where he sang Mozart’s Figaro for the first time in the 1994-95 season; he made his debut as Don Giovanni in the same season in Gothenburg. Mozart and especially the three Da Ponte operas remain the focus of his artistic work to the present. He has performed them at such venues as the Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne, and Salzburg Festivals; La Scala in Milan; and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Mattei’s repertoire additionally includes such works as Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), Puccini’s La bohème (Marcello), Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades (Yeletsky), and Janáček’s From the House of the Dead (Šiškov). He has sung Tchai-
kovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Salzburg Festival and the title role in a new production of Britten’s Billy Budd at Frankfurt Opera. In the past season Mattei appeared as Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the Metropolitan Opera and as Amfortas (Parsifal) in Stockholm. In the 2016-17 season he will perform Marquis Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo at Zurich Opera and Eugene Onegin at the Opéra National de Paris. Peter Mattei is a sought-after concert singer and has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Daniel Harding, Riccardo Muti, Sir Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Sir Georg Solti. His discography includes a recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, on which he sings Chorèbe; it was conducted by Sir Colin Davis and garnered two Grammy Awards. In 2004 Mattei was named a Court Singer by the King of Sweden.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut as Don Fernando in the performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio whichClaudio Abbado conducted at the opening of the 2010 Summer Festival.