Peter Coleman-Wright

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Peter Coleman-Wright is an Australian baritone from Geelong.[1] He began his career at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he sang Guglielmo in Cosi, winning the Touring Prize. Subsequently he sang Sid in Albert Herring and Demtrius in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Pizzaro in Fidelio.

He performed many roles for English National Opera including Don Giovanni, Figaro, Billy Budd, Onegin, Scarpia, Michele, Toreador, The Forrester in Cunning little Vixen, Traveller Death in Venice, Prince from Homburg, The Prisoner by Dallapiccola. He made his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut as Dandini in La Cenerentola and has sung many roles for the company for 20 years. Roles include Billy Budd, Papageno, Don Alvaro in Viaggio a Reims,The Narrator Paul Bunyan, Marcello, Ping, Donner, Gunther and Beckmesser.

A champion of new works, he has premiered several roles for ENO, namely The Plumbers Gift by David Blake and Inquest of Love by Jonathan Harvey.

He made his European debut as the Soldier in Busoni's Dr. Faust for Netherlands Opera and subsequently worked for Bordeaux, Geneva, Bastille Paris, La Fenice Venice, Munich, Vienna, Brussels, Bregenz and Aix en Provence Festivals, La Scala Milan singing many roles including Don Giovanni, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello, Sharpless in Butterfly, The Traveller Death in Venice and the Forrester.

He made his American debut as Don Giovanni at New York City opera and his Met debut as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus returning for Marcello, Fieramosca Benvenuto Cellini and Belcore in L'elisir D'amore. He sang Sharpless for the opening of the new theatre at Santa Fe and Rodrigo Don Carlos, Sharpless for Houston Grand Opera. He also created the role of Henry Miles in Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair.

He has sung many roles for Opera Australia, including Golaud Pelleas et Melisande, Billy Bidd, Scarpia,Don Giovanni, Mandryka,Macbeth, Sweeny Todd Helpman award, The Traveller winning a Helpman award for best supporting male, The Count,Pizzaro. He created the role of Harry Joy in Brett Dean's Bliss. Also performed for the Edinburgh Festival in 2010.

He has been a very active concert singer working with many conductors and in most of the great concert halls, including Royal Albert Hall, London South Bank, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Le Chatelet, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St Cecilia Rome, Luxembourg, Aldeburgh Festival, Avery Fisher New York among others.

In 2002, he won the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for his role in Sweeney Todd.[2] Brett Dean wrote the role of Harry Joy in his 2010 opera Bliss especially for Coleman-Wright.

He was awarded a Doctorate from the Melbourne University in 2009 with his wife Cheryl Barker. He is married to operatic soprano Cheryl Barker and they have a son, Gabriel.[3]



  1. ^ Staff (13 June 2010). "From Geelong to the World: Peter Coleman-Wright in Conversation". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Verghis, Sharon (7 May 2002). "Creations great and small triumph in the arts". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Staff (31 January 2007). "The opera singers and Guy Cooper". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Delius: Requiem/A Mass Of Life". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Pilgrim's Progress [Box Set]". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Delius – Fennimore and Gerda". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Britten: Paul Bunyan". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mendelssohn – Paulus". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Strauss – Die Liebe der Danae". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Opera: The Greatest Moments Ever". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Igor Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex;The Firebird". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Britten: Owen Wingrave". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Edward Collins: Daughter of the South". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No.1". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Marriage of Figaro". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 

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