Peter Berger was born in Slovakia, and studied singing at
The Košice Conservatorium of Music with Mgr. Juraj Šomorjai. While still a
student, he appeared as a soloist at the Košice State theatre. He has taken
part in Vocal Masterclasses with many renowed teachers, including Peter
Dvorský, Eva Blahová, and Ryszard Karczykowski.
Recent engagements include singing Laca/Jenufa in Santiago in May 2017. He has also performed Laca/Jenufa at Scottish National Opera
and Danish National Opera, Prince/Rusalka in
Santiago and Tokyo; performing Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass and Dvorak’s Te
Deum under Jaroslav Kyzlink with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and
singing Boris/Katja Kabanova
with the Danish National Opera.
Future engagements include a.o. Manru
at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, singing Laca/Jenufa
at Teatro Regio di Torino in 2018 with R. Carsen, Prince/Rusalka in Prague, Rome and Beijing and Svanda at Teatro Massimo di Palermo. He will also perform Laca/Jenufa and Te Deum at Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Other future engagements also
include Don Jose/Carmen in Santiago
and Manru /Ignacy Jan Paderewski at Grand
Theater Poznan in the end of 2018.
The 2010/11 season included performances in Brno, Prague
and Bratislava, singing the roles of Michel
and Jenik (Bartered Bride), Lenski, the Prince, Alfredo (La
Traviata), Pinkerton, Nemorino (L’elisir d’Amore), the Italian Tenor (Rosenkavalier), Rodolfo (La Boheme) and Jiří (The Jacobin) . His concert work
included Beethoven’s Mass in C at the Janacek Festival in Ostrawa and Bruckner’s
Te Deum in Brno. He made his highly successful debut at the Wexford Festival as
Lukas in Smetana’s Hubicka (“This is
a career to watch - the confident freedom of his singing, not least in his
thrilling performance of his great scena at the beginning of Act 2 kept us on
the edge of our seats.").
In the 2007/8 season Peter Berger made his debut with The
Slovak National Theater in Bratislava as Pinkerton
in Peter Konwitschny’s production of Madama Butterfly under Oliver
Dohnányi. In 2008 he sang the title role in Faust at the Croatian National Theatre in Split, and in the same
season he made his debut in the role of the Prince in Rusalka at The National Theatre Brno. This was the start
of Peter‘s association with this theatre, where he has been a soloist since the
2008/9 season in roles including Ismael in
Nabucco, Alfredo in La Traviata, Lenski in Eugene Onegin and Michel in Martinů’s Julietta. In 2009
Peter made his first guest appearances at the National Theatre and the State
Opera Prague in the roles of Pinkerton and
the Prince in Rusalka respectively.
In 2010 he sang Lenski in Bremen
opera to great acclaim, and subsequently made his debut at the Teatr Wielki in
Lodz as the Prince.
In addition to his operatic work Peter Berger is a prolific concert artist, and has sung
with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the State Philharmonic Košice,
Prague Philharmonia, Brno Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic
Orchestra, and the Czech Virtuosi. He has performed in many domestic and
foreign concerts as well as being a permanent guest at the festival “Viva il
Canto“ in Czeszyn, Poland and at the international festival in Sopron, Hungary.
His concert repertoire includes the Glagolitic Mass, Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria,
Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, the Mozart Requiem and Masses as well as
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. He sang in a Gala concert with Jelena Obraztsova and
Peter Dvorský, and concert performances have also taken him to Japan, Malta,
2006 he was awarded 1st prize at The Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský International
Vocal Competition in Trnava (SK) and also won a special prize for the best
interpretation of Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský songs. In 2007 he was awarded 1st
prize at the Anglo Czecho-Slovak Trust competition in London, and in 2008 he
was a semi-finalist at International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in
Vienna. He was also awarded The Slovak Literary fund prize for the role of the
Prince in Rusalka.