Peter Edelmann

Born in Vienna. Studied singing with Otto Edelmann at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Also graduated in Cultural Management from the Institute for Culture Management at Vienna University of Music. In 1985, he completed his singing studies, graduating with distinction. After his first engagement at the Stadttheater Koblenz, where he was engaged for five seasons, Edelmann emerged as the winner of the main prize and the Mozart prize, as well as the seven-time winner of special awards at the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.

From 1990, he was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He made his debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Seviglia and sang in the following roles over more than eleven seasons: Papageno, Guglielmo, Conte Almaviva, Marcello, Wolfram, Melot, Czar Peter I. and Valentin.

In addition, he has pursued a busy schedule as a guest at the Volksoper in Vienna, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Seefestspiele Mörbisch festival, at the Hamburger Staatsoper, the Munich Gärtnerplatztheater, in Dortmund at the Vienna Staatsoper and the Schwetzingen Festival. Peter Edelmann has been freelance since 2001 and he now lives in Vienna. He sings in venues including: Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Zürcher Oper, Grand Théatre Genève, Oper Graz, Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Teatro la Fenice Venezia, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Opéra Royale de Wallonie Liège, Thèatre de la Monnaie Brussels, Opéra National Nancy, Théatre du Capitole Toulouse, Las Palmas Opera Festival, San Sebastian Festival, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Orlando Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Budapest Staatsoper, Opera of Hong Kong, Moscow, Prague National Opera, Enescu Festival Bucharest, Madrid.

He has expanded his repertoire of 80 parts to include roles such as Faninal, Orest, Onegin, Escamillo, Don Alfonso, Leporello, The King (Die Kluge), Gyges (King Kandaules). As well as opera, Peter Edelmann has also devoted himself to concert and lieder singing. Since its foundation, he has been a member of the jury of the Austrian Music Theatre Prize.

Since 2010, he has been University Professor of Singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and he was also Chair of the Institute for Singing and Musical Theatre for three years there too.

Along with the mdw and the otto edelmann society, the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition Vienna was created. This competition for singers is under the organisational leadership of Peter Edelmann, and it attracts more than 100 young singers to Vienna every year.

The very special highlights of his career include: Appearances with Giacomo Aragall (Faust in Berlin), Alfredo Kraus (Werther in Berlin). He sang Wolfram in Tannhäuser under Christian Thielemann at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He was engaged by Placido Domingo as the only Austrian for the part of Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) at the Washington Opera. Edelmann voiced the role of Gaston in the Disney film Beauty and the Beast, and Harald Serafin brought him to the Mörbisch festival as Danilo (The Merry Widow). He also sang the role of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus in Mörbisch, as well as the role of Homonay in Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron).

Since September 2017, Peter Edelmann has been Artistic Director at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch festival.