Peter Tantsits’ 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 “gifted, agile and expressive;” he sings with “vibrant, penetrating beauty, managing the complexities of his role with complete mastery and infallibly good diction.”
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 Fitch’s production of Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. He sings the central role of Colin McPhee in Evan Ziporyn’s opera A House in Bali at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival and Boston’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 Woodruff’s production of Zhou Long’sMadame White Snake in Beijing and creating the central role in Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone for Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts. He premieres two new works with leading contemporary music groups: Michael LaCroix’s adaptation of Aristophanes’ The Birds with Eighth Blackbird in Chicago and Marcos Balter’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 Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest with Thomas Adès at the Barbican in London. He debuts in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet 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 Lepage’s production of Lorin Maazel’s 1984. A “fearless high tenor” (Opernwelt), he has worked closely with conductors Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Kristjan Järvi, Leon Botstein, Emmanuelle Haïm, 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 Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie at Bremen’s Die Glocke, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Mr. Tantsits’s repertoire includes roles such as Piet the Pot and the White Minister in Le Grand Macabre, Pellerin in Dallapiccola’s Volo di notte, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Harlekin in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Kudrjàš in Kàt’a Kabanovà, the title role in Rameau’s Platée and Kassandra in Xenakis’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, Nathanaël, Andrès, Spalanzani, Frantz and Pittichinaccio LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Don Ottavio DON GIOVANNI, Riccardo IL TRIONFO DELL’ONORE, Arbaces ARTAXERXES, LéandreLE MÉDECIN MALGRÉ LUI, Gonzalve L’HEURE ESPANGOLE, Martin THE TENDER LAND, Vierte Jude SALOME,Sailor DIDO AND AENEAS and Tacmas in Rameau’s LES INDES GALANTES.
An “appealing,” “versatile” and “adventurous high tenor” (NY Times), his concert repertoire includes works such asCarmina Burana and the Schoenberg arrangement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde as well as works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Charpentier, and Clérambault in addition to modern works by Berio, Birtwistle, Britten, Dallapiccola, Gubaidulina, Kagel, Ligeti, Nono, Rihm, Ustvolskaya, and Xenakis. He is especially noted for his “riveting” (Chicago Tribune) performances in Lydia Steier’s production of Peter Maxwell Davies’sEight Songs for a Mad King; Alex Ross of the New Yorker called it “one of the sharpest shows I saw last season.” 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 Britain’s Aldeburgh Festival (in Charpentier’s Actéon), the Festival Lyrique-en-mer in France, and theFestival Internacional de Musica Contemporánea 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.
“Tenor Peter Tantsits sang the role of McPhee with vibrant, penetrating beauty, managing the complexities of his role with complete mastery and infallibly good diction.” –Joshua Rosenblum (Opera News)