Peter Van Hulle
Peter Van Hulle’s operatic engagements have included Hotel Porter Death in Venice at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels, the Dutch National Opera and English National Opera (as well as in concert at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam), 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, The Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen, Monostatos The Magic Flute, Goro Madama 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, The Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen and Valzacchi Der Rosenkavalier.
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, Haydn The 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 The Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera, Time / Peter Doody The Arcadians for Opera della Luna, Torquemada L’heure espagnole for Mid Wales Opera, Von Eisenstein Die Fledermaus for West Green Opera, The Messenger Aïda for Cambridge Philharmonic and First Brother The Seven Deadly Sins at Wilton’s Music Hall.
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The Idiot: Wozzeck / English National Opera
“Peter Van Hulle offered another example of truth in madness, the hallowed tradition of the Fool cast in new light.”
Seen and Heard International
Hotel Porter: Death in Venice / English National Opera
“…pitch perfect in economy and clarity.”
Snout: A Midsummer Night’s Dream / English National Opera
“Peter Van Hulle also gave a memorable whisky-swilling performance as Tom Snout.”
The Schoolmaster: The Cunning Little Vixen / Welsh National Opera
“Peter Van Hulle is a splendidly bibulous Schoolmaster…”
The Arts Desk
“Peter Van Hulle’s plaintive Schoolmaster – played, gently, for the kinds of laughs that make you look twice at yourself.”
Midlands Music Reviews
“There was much to enjoy from Peter Van Hulle’s lonely Schoolmaster…”
“Peter Van Hulle is a fine Schoolmaster…”
Plays To See
“…well interpreted, notably by Peter Van Hulle, as the Schoolmaster, with a quietly moving sense of melancholic loneliness.”
Seen and Heard International
“…a poignant malcontent…”
“Peter Van Hulle’s Schoolmaster movingly yearns after what might have been.”
“The Forester (Claudio Otelli), the Parson (Wojtek Gierlach), the Poacher (David Stout) and The Schoolmaster (Peter Van Hulle) sing their reflections with a firm grasp of the Janáček style, its displaced rhythms and motifs and its sharp and disparate, painterly structures echoing the natural world.”
Wales Arts Review
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 principals 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, boldly-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.”
Eisenstein: Die Fledermaus / West Green Opera
“Peter Van Hulle is an excellent Eisenstein.”
“Peter Van Hulle, bursting with energy as Eisenstein, sang with definition and point.”
Bardolph: Falstaff / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
“A ruddy-nosed, bright-toned Bardolph from Peter Van Hulle…”
“…Peter Van Hulle as a hilarious Bardolph.”
“Lukas Jakobski’s tall Pistola and Peter Van Hulle’s shorter Bardolph roughed up to make a classic partnership.”
Roderigo: Otello / English National Opera
“Peter Van Hulle’s typically-Aldenesque, effete Rodrigo was similarly well sung.”
“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