Peter G. Davis

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Peter Graffam Davis (born 1936)[1] is an American opera and classical music critic. He was the classical music critic for the magazine New York for 25 years until forced out in 2007 when the magazine eliminated the post.[2][3] He also wrote for the New York Times, Musical America, and Opera News among other publications.[4][5][6] He is the author of the book, The American Opera Singer.[7][8]

Davis was born in Concord, Massachusetts and grew up in nearby Lincoln and Cambridge. He graduated from Harvard College in 1958 with a major in music. He then studied composition at the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik before undertaking further post-graduate work at Columbia University. At Columbia he studied under Jack Beeson and Otto Luening and in 1962 received his M.A. degree in composition. By 1967 he was the music editor of High Fidelity and Musical America as well as the New York music correspondent for The Times of London.[1][9]


  1. ^ a b Rooney, Terrie M. (ed.). (1999). "Davis, Peter G(raffam)". Contemporary Authors, Vol. 165, p. 80. Gale Research International. ISBN 0787620025
  2. ^ Holoman, D. Kern (2012). The Orchestra. Oxford University Press. p. 97. ISBN 9780199760282.
  3. ^ "Arts, Briefly; A 'New York' Run Ends" by Daniel J. Wakin, The New York Times, June 5, 2007
  4. ^ Contributions at The New York Times
  5. ^ "The Arts The Critic and The Company" by Albert Innaurato, D Magazine, November 1997
  6. ^ Contributions at Opera News
  7. ^ Davis, Peter G. (1997). The American Opera Singer: The Lives and Adventures of America's Great Singers in Opera and In Concert From 1825 to the Present. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385421737.
  8. ^ Teachout, Terry (9 November 1997). "Voice of America". The New York Times
  9. ^ Boston Symphony Orchestra. Eighty-Seventh Season, 1967–1968, p. 26

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