Peter Coleman-Wright

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Peter Coleman-Wright AO is an Australian baritone from Geelong.[1] He began his career at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, winning the Touring Prize. Subsequently he sang Sid in Albert Herring and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Pizzaro in Fidelio.

He performed many roles for English National Opera including Don Giovanni, Figaro, Billy Budd, Onegin, Scarpia, Michele, Toreador, The Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, Traveller in Death in Venice, Prince from Homburg, and 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 Il viaggio a Reims, The Narrator in Paul Bunyan, Marcello, Ping, Donner, Gunther and Beckmesser.

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

He made his European debut as the Soldier in Busoni's Doktor 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 The Marriage of Figaro, Marcello, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, The Traveller in Death in Venice and the Forester.

He made his American debut as Don Giovanni at New York City Opera and his Metropolitan Opera 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 in Don Carlos and 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 (Pelléas et Mélisande), Billy Budd, Scarpia, Don Giovanni, Mandryka, Macbeth, Sweeney Todd, The Traveller, winning a Helpmann Award for best supporting male. He created the role of Harry Joy in Brett Dean's Bliss (Brett Dean wrote the role especially for Coleman-Wright). He also performed at 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, and Avery Fisher New York.

In 2002, he won the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for his role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.[2]

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



  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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