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“In counterpoint with Black's imposing majesty, Peter Auty and Elizabeth Woods were radiant as the two younger and more energetic co-protagonists. Auty brought to life a consistent Adorno: through elegantly traced vocal lines, he gave a fiery, impulsive and yet judicious characterization. In his stormy 'Sento avvampar', oscillating passions came across vividly, from a roaring oath of revenge against Boccanegra - whom he believes to be a contestant for Amelia's affections - into tremendous grief for not allowing himself ever to be rejoined with his beloved, should she prove to be unfaithful. This rapid outburst of emotion was conveyed through perfect vocal realization - which earned Auty the loudest applause of the evening.”
A British tenor who thrills with his Italianate timbre, Peter Auty is a former company principal with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and appears regularly with the UK’s leading opera companies. His roles include Rodolfo, Nemorino, the Duke of Mantua, Turiddu and Don Jose.
Born in 1969, Peter Auty studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and made his debut with the British Youth Opera in 1997. Later that year he joined the National Opera Studio and in 1999 he made his professional début with Opera North. He made his European début in 1999 as Malcolm in Macbeth at Opera Zuid and in 2000 performed the rôle of Faust in Gounod’s Faust for Opéra de Massy. He made his Glyndebourne Festival Opera début in 2001 singing the rôle of Roderigo in Otello and returned in 2002 to cover Don José in Carmen. He subsequently sang Don José, Rodolfo in La Bohème and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne On Tour, Macduff in Macbeth for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, to which he returns as Nemorino and Alfredo in La Traviata for Nationale Reisopera and Opera North and Rodolfo for Scottish Opera. He sings regularly with English National Opera where his roles have included the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, the Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Bohème and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana. A highly successful début at Opera Holland Park as Vaudemont in Iolanta will be followed by Alvaro in La Forza del Destino in 2009. Peter was a company principal of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden from 1999-2002 where his roles included Otello, Gaston in La Traviata and Malcolm in Macbeth. He returned as a guest artist in 2003/4 to sing Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He has appeared frequently with Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands in roles including Alfredo and Des Grieux in Manon. He returns there in 2010 as Gustavo in Un Ballo in Maschera.
Much in demand as a concert artist, Peter Auty’s recent engagements have included appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Sir Mark Elder, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Lothar Zagrosek and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy. Future plans include concerts with the LPO and Hallé orchestras. He featured as the tenor in BBCTV’s Flashmob 2.
Philip Moore, born in 1976, studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne, winning numerous prizes. A Steinway artist since 2004, he has performed across Europe and North America, has made concerto appearances with several major UK orchestras and collaborates regularly with the Michael Clark Dance Company. His piano duo with Simon Crawford-Phillips has achieved a high profile in the UK and internationally.