Peter Auty

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Peter Auty
Born1969 (age 49–50)
OccupationChoirboy (former)
Operatic tenor
Known forSinging the main song in the animated film The Snowman

Peter Robert Auty (born 1969)[1] is an English operatic tenor who has worked with most of the major opera companies in Britain and a number of companies in continental Europe.


Auty is a former choirboy who sang at St Paul's Cathedral. At the age of 13, he sang "Walking in the Air", the theme song to the 1982 animated film The Snowman. Some people thought Aled Jones was the original singer, but his version was a cover of the song released as a single in 1985. Auty was approached to sing the 1985 version, but his voice had broken, and Aled Jones was chosen.[2][3] Auty's version, which was recorded especially for The Snowman, had been released as a single two years earlier. Due to a rush to finish the film on time, Auty was not credited on the film until it was remastered in 2002.[4]

Auty took the role of Camille in York Light Opera Company’s production of The Merry Widow in 1995. Subsequently, he moved to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he studied under Peter Alexander Wilson.

Opera singer[edit]

Auty's professional stage debut was with Opera North in 1998. With the company, he subsequently sang the roles of Rodolfo in La bohème around 2001-2002[5] and Don José in Carmen in 2011.[6] Elsewhere in Britain, he has sung at the Royal Opera House[7] Covent Garden (where he worked regularly from 1999 to 2002),[5][8] Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Rodrigo in Verdi's Otello[9] and Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore)[10][11] and roles with Scottish Opera and English National Opera. In other parts of Europe he has appeared in many other venues such as Frankfurt and Rouen.[5]

Auty has also performed concerts with orchestras both in his home country and abroad such as London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis, Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Royal Flemish Philharmonic led by Edo de Waart[8]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Julie. “Aled: Not Such a Choirboy”. Express. 26 December 2007.
  3. ^ Ashley, Martin. “How High Should Boys Sing?” Routledge. 2009.
  4. ^ “Snowman Singer Finds Voice At Last”. BBC News. 9 December 2002.
  5. ^ a b c Michael Volpe & Julia Howe (Eds.). “Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino”. Opera Holland Park - Program Magazine. Season 2010: 51, 53-58. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (PDF). Web 11 June 2018.
  6. ^ Wilson, Laura Kate. “Opera North...New Carmen”. Bachtrack. 4 February 2011.
  7. ^ “Peter Auty”. Pentatone. Web 12 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b Ashley, Tim. “Peter Auty - Tenor”. Rayfield Allied. 2018.
  9. ^ David Rendall, et. al. “Otello”. Glynnebourne. 27 July 2001.
  10. ^ Adriana Kucerova, et. al. “L’Elisir D’Amore”. Glyndebourne. 12 October 2007.
  11. ^ Ainhoa Garmendina, et. al. “L’Elisir D’Amore”. Glyndebourne. 23 July 2009.

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