Peter Van Hulle
Born in Cumbria, Peter Van Hulle read music at Leeds University, furthering his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. He has won the Alexander Peden Fyfe Award, the Sybil Tutton Award and the John Scott Award, and been awarded Scholarships by Shell UK and the Countess of Munster Trust.
His operatic engagements have included Hotel Porter Death in Venice at La Scala, Milan, La Monnaie and English National Opera, a performance now available on Opus Arte DVD. His recordings also include The Schoolmaster / Mosquito / Grasshopper The Cunning Little Vixen with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Kent Nagano for BBC TV.
For English National Opera, he has sung Idiot Wozzeck; Snout A Midsummer Night's Dream, Menelaus La Belle Hélène, Pong Turandot, Tchaplitsky The Queen of Spades, Roderigo Otello, Borsa Rigoletto and Kunz Vogelgesang The Mastersingers of Nuremberg.
For Scottish Opera, he has sung Charles Lamb Monster, The Rector Peter Grimes, TheSchoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen, Monostatos The Magic Flute, GoroMadama Butterfly Tchaplitsky The Queen of Spades, Dr Caius Falstaff, Young Sailor Tristan und Isolde and Brother The Seven Deadly Sins and for Welsh National Opera, he has sung Sir Bruno Robertson I Puritani and The Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen.
For English Touring Opera, he has sung Flute A Midsummer Night's Dream, The SchoolmasterThe Cunning Little Vixen, Guillot de Morfontaine Manon, Don Basilio The Marriage of Figaro and The Dancing Master / Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos, and his engagements have further included Prologue / Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw for Opera Project; Vitelozzo Lucrezia Borgia, Raguel Tobias and the Angel and Ogier Fierrabras at the Buxton Festival; and Spoletta Tosca for Opera Holland Park; For Longborough Festival Opera, he has sung Kudryash Katya Kabanova and Mime Siegfried.
He has twice toured Japan as The Mad Woman Curlew River and sang Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia at the National Theatre, Budapest, and the New Theatre, Szeged.
Contemporary engagements have included Slave in Stuart MacRae's The Assassin Tree for the Royal Opera, London (also at the Edinburgh Festival) and creating Charlie Despard in Edward Rushton's The Young Man and the Carnation at the Almeida, Buxton and Edinburgh Festivals. He also appeared in Scottish Opera's Five: 15 Made in Scotland project.
In concert, he has sung with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, his repertoire including J. S. Bach B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio and St John Passion, Britten St Nicolas, Handel Messiah and Samson, Elgar The Kingdom, HaydnThe Creation, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle andStabat Mater and Verdi Requiem. He has also toured with the Rambert Dance Company singing Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and with Birmingham Royal Ballet singing Stravinsky Pulcinella.
Recent and current engagements include Valzacchi Der Rosenkavalier for Welsh National Opera, Bardolph Falstaff with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Shepherd Tristan and Isolde for English National Opera.
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Snout: A Midsummer Night’s Dream / English National Opera
"Peter van Hulle also gave a memorable whisky-swilling performance as Tom Snout."
Kudryash: Katya Kabanova / Longborough Festival Opera
“Kudryash is a reassuring figure with his simple, scientific view of life; but he’s a mere child in the presence of these dark passions, unlit by electricity. Interestingly, the rational man knows folksongs and sings them sweetly…”
The Arts Desk
“…a warm portrayal by Peter van Hulle.”
Monostatos: The Magic Flute / Scottish Opera
"...further down, the cast sounded first-rate: Peter van Hulle, playing Monostatos as a dastardly Regency Sir Jasper..."
Don Basilio: The Marriage of Figaro / English Touring Opera
“Peter van Hulle was a refreshingly straight Basilio.”
Goro: Madama Butterfly / Scottish Opera
“…as Goro, Peter van Hulle was excellent.”
Charlie Despard: The Young Man with the Carnation / The Opera Group
“All four prinicpals worked hard, but the central role of Charlie Despard was the only one with much meat on it. Peter van Hulle responded with a a totally committed, boldy-sung account that made up for much of the nebulousness of the piece.”
Valzacchi: Der Rosenkavalier / Welsh National Opera
“Peter Van Hulle’s (Valzacchi) yellow-press journalist is suitably vile…”
The Critics’ Circle
“Peter Van Hulle was nicely insinuating as Valzacchi, his peppery tenor full of character.”
“Peter Van Hulle and Madeleine Shaw as the intriguers were a delightfully over the top couple.”
Bardolph: Falstaff / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
“A ruddy-nosed, bright-toned Bardolph from Peter Van Hulle…”
"Lukas Jakobski’s tall Pistola and Peter van Hulle’s shorter Bardolph roughed up to make a classic partnership."
Roderigo: Otello / English National Opera
“Through all the other top-notch attractions — Allan Clayton’s eloquent Cassio, the vigorous chorus, Peter Van Hulle’s foppish Roderigo, Pamela Helen Stephen’s proto-feminist Emilia — Verdi’s amazing orchestral finery keeps on glinting.”
Britten Death in Venice (role of Hotel Porter)
John Graham-Hall, Andrew Shore, Tim Mead
English National Opera / Edward Gardner
Opus Arte DVD OA 1130 D
Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen (role of The Schoolmaster)
Christine Buffle, Richard Coxon, Grant Doyle, Keel Watson
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester / Kent Nagano
BBC / Opus Arte DVD OA 0878 D