Peter Tantsitsâ€™ agile, high tenor and keen musicianship continue to bring him increased international recognition, particularly for his ability to navigate some of the most challenging modern scores. Recent critical success at Teatro alla Scala, Lincoln Center, and the Beijing International Music Festivalmade the Opera News call him â€śgifted, agile and expressive;â€ť he sings with â€śvibrant, penetrating beauty, managing the complexities of his role with complete mastery and infallibly good diction.â€ť
For the 2010/2011 season Peter Tantsits makes debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, the Munich Philharmonic at the Kulturzentrum Gasteig, and the China Philharmonic at the Beijing International Music Festival as well as returning to the New York Philharmonic for Doug Fitchâ€™s production of JanĂˇcekâ€™s The Cunning Little Vixen. He sings the central role of Colin McPhee in Evan Ziporynâ€™s opera A House in Bali at the Brooklyn Academy of Musicâ€™s Next Wave Festival and Bostonâ€™s Cutler Majestic Theater with the Bang on a Can All-Stars as well as reprising the high tenor role of Xu Xian (a role he originated with Opera Boston) in Robert Woodruffâ€™s production of Zhou Longâ€™sMadame White Snake in Beijing and creating the central role in Du Yunâ€™s Angelâ€™s Bone for Philadelphiaâ€™s Mann Center for the Performing Arts. He premieres two new works with leading contemporary music groups: Michael LaCroixâ€™s adaptation of Aristophanesâ€™ The Birds with Eighth Blackbird in Chicago and Marcos Balterâ€™s Aesopica at the Morgan Library in New York with the International Contemporary Ensemble. His concert engagements this season also includeCarmina Burana (one of his signature roles) with the Oberlin Orchestra. Among his upcoming engagements for 2011/2012, Mr. Tantsits premieres works by Georges Aperghis and David Lang with the International Contemporary Ensemble, and will perform John Worthing for the European premiere of Gerald Barryâ€™s The Importance of Being Earnest with Thomas AdĂ¨s at the Barbican in London. He debuts in Paris at the ThĂ©Ă˘tre du ChĂ˘telet with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Le Grand Macabre and returns to China for additional performances of Madame White Snake in the opera houses of Guangzhou and Hangzhou.
Mr. Tantsits recently made a successful debut at La Scala Milan singing the high tenor role of Syme in Robert Lepageâ€™s production of Lorin Maazelâ€™s 1984. A â€śfearless high tenorâ€ť (Opernwelt), he has worked closely with conductors Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Kristjan JĂ¤rvi, Leon Botstein, Emmanuelle HaĂŻm, Gil Rose and Philip Walsh. He made two acclaimed appearances with the New York Philharmonic in 2008 (as Spoletta in Tosca) and 2010 (as the White Minister and covering Piet the Pot in the New York premiere of Le Grand Macabre), both broadcast nationally, and has also performed with the TonkĂĽnstler-Orchester NiederĂ¶sterreich at Viennaâ€™s Konzerthaus, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie at Bremenâ€™s Die Glocke, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Mr. Tantsitsâ€™s repertoire includes roles such as Piet the Pot and the White Minister in Le Grand Macabre, Pellerin in Dallapiccolaâ€™s Volo di notte, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Harlekin in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, KudrjĂ Ĺˇ in KĂ tâ€™a KabanovĂ , the title role in Rameauâ€™s PlatĂ©e and Kassandra in Xenakisâ€™s Oresteia. Frequently performed roles also include Pong TURANDOT, Edmondo, Maestro di ballo and Lampionaio MANON LESCAUT, Spoletta TOSCA, Goro MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Arturo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Fenton, Caius and Bardolfo FALSTAFF, Gastone LA TRAVIATA, NathanaĂ«l, AndrĂ¨s, Spalanzani, Frantz and Pittichinaccio LES CONTES Dâ€™HOFFMANN, Don Ottavio DON GIOVANNI, Riccardo IL TRIONFO DELLâ€™ONORE, Arbaces ARTAXERXES, LĂ©andreLE MĂ‰DECIN MALGRĂ‰ LUI, Gonzalve Lâ€™HEURE ESPANGOLE, Martin THE TENDER LAND, Vierte Jude SALOME,Sailor DIDO AND AENEAS and Tacmas in Rameauâ€™s LES INDES GALANTES.
An â€śappealing,â€ť â€śversatileâ€ť and â€śadventurous high tenorâ€ť (NY Times), his concert repertoire includes works such asCarmina Burana and the Schoenberg arrangement of Mahlerâ€™s Das Lied von der Erde as well as works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Charpentier, and ClĂ©rambault in addition to modern works by Berio, Birtwistle, Britten, Dallapiccola, Gubaidulina, Kagel, Ligeti, Nono, Rihm, Ustvolskaya, and Xenakis. He is especially noted for his â€śrivetingâ€ť (Chicago Tribune) performances in Lydia Steierâ€™s production of Peter Maxwell Daviesâ€™sEight Songs for a Mad King; Alex Ross of the New Yorker called it â€śone of the sharpest shows I saw last season.â€ť Mr. Tantsits has given solo recitals in venues such as the Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, the Snape Maltings in Suffolk, and the Renaissance Society in Chicago and has performed in a number of international festivals including return engagements at Britainâ€™s Aldeburgh Festival (in Charpentierâ€™s ActĂ©on), the Festival Lyrique-en-mer in France, and theFestival Internacional de Musica ContemporĂˇnea in Morelia. Also of note are his acclaimed performances as Tony inWest Side Story in the Middle East for the Centrepoint Theatre in Dubai and his collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He began his training as a violinist, earning degrees from Yale University and the Oberlin Conservatory.
â€śTenor Peter Tantsits sang the role of McPhee with vibrant, penetrating beauty, managing the complexities of his role with complete mastery and infallibly good diction.â€ť â€“Joshua Rosenblum (Opera News)