Singer Tenor

Peter Sonn


Peter Sonn was born in Salzburg where he completes his vocal studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mozarteum with distinction. Already during his studies, he made his debut with Salzburg Festival and at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus.

In the course of his engagements at the Landestheater Coburg, the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck and the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, he acquired the repertoire of several central roles in his specialist area as a lyric tenor: Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Lorenzo (Fra Diavolo), Marquis von Chateauneuf (Zar und Zimmermann), Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), Lenski (Eugene Onegin), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Alfredo (La Traviata), Arnim (Simplicius) and Camille (Die lustige Witwe). In Coburg, he was awarded the scholarship of the Richard-Wagner-Society. Sonn also appeared in guest performances in Turin and Catania.

Peter Sonn made guest appearances with Salzburg Festival 2006 (Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots - released on DVD by 'DG'), 2008 (Die Zauberflöte), 2011 as Jüngling (Die Frau ohne Schatten – DVD production by 'Opus Arte') and 2013 as David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – DVD Production by 'EuroArts'). 2014 he returns to Salzburg as a concert soloist.

From 2009 to 2012, Peter Sonn was an ensemble member of the Zurich Opera where he broadened his repertoire with the roles of Henry Morosus (Die schweigsame Frau), Vladimir Igorevich (Fürst Igor), The Italian Tenor (Der Rosenkavalier) and Narraboth (Salome).

Mozart's Tamino accompanies him throughout his career; Peter Sonn made his debut with this role at the Frankfurt Opera in 2010, at the Hamburg State Opera in 2011 and at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2012 (new production directed by Barry Kosky). In 2011, he appeared for the first time with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra as David, followed by his role debut as Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser) in 2012 - both with CD-recordings for 'PentaTone'. This role made him also appear within Daniel Barenboim's new production at the Berlin State Opera in 2014 having made his debut there as Steuermann and having sung Tamino there one year before. Various engangements throughout the last years made him appear in Hamburg, Chicago, Istanbul, Cardiff, Moscow and frequently in Berlin. As Ferrando (Così fan tutte) he returns to Milan's Teatro alla Scala in 2014 after having appeared there for the first time 2012 already. The Milan audience will also hear him this year in Haydn's oratorio The Creation conducted by Zubin Mehta. 

Peter Sonn's concert repertoire covers sacred music such as Mozart's Requiem, Handel's The Messiah, Beethoven's C-major-Mass and Britten's Serenade for tenor and horn as well as Lieder by Beethoven, Bellini, Bononcini, Donizetti, Mozart, Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Schubert, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. He works regularly with acknowledged conductors like Marc Albrecht, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladmir Fedosejev, Daniele Gatti, Michael Gielen, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Riccardo Muti, Ulf Schrimer, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann, Constantin Trinks and Franz Welser-Möst as well as under the stage direction of Sven-Eric Bechtolf, John Dew, Claus Guth, Karl Ernst & Ursel Herrmann, Jens-Daniel Herzog, Barry Kosky, Harry Kupfer, Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier, Christof Loy and David Pountney.

July 2014


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