Peter Rose named “Kammersanger” at Wiener Staatsoper

Following many years of celebrated performances at the Wiener Staatsoper, bass Peter Rose was awarded with the lauded title “Kammersanger” in Summer 2020. Alongside Ain Anger, Peter was honoured at Gustav Mahler Saal in Vienna by Christian Kircher, Managing Director of Bundestheater-Holding, and Opera Director Dominique Meyer.

We caught up with Peter to chat about his new title, career highlights with the Wiener Staatsoper, and more.

Congratulations, Peter, on this great honour! How is this new title meaningful to you?

I am really thrilled about this, particularly as I am married to an Austrian. Vienna seems like a second home to me, as I have been going there regularly for 25 years. I love the Staatsoper, and have been privileged to have performed Ochs there, more times than in any other theatre.

Could you tell us about some of your favourite moments at the Wiener Staatsoper?

Rosenkavalier is a joy, of course, but I think I remember most my debut, as Marke in 1997. The cast was wonderful, experienced, and also made me feel very welcome, which helps one concentrate on doing one’s best. I also remember fondly singing Claggart with Neil Shicoff, and (considering it is such a dark piece) having huge fun rehearsing and performing it.

What are you currently listening to or working on musically? Has there been a certain composer or work that has been an inspiration to you in the past months?

Covid has given us all a lot of time to do the things we often don’t manage to do, and we’ve used it to catch up with a lot of films we have been eager to watch.

I have quite of lot of repertoire to dust off, and have a few new things to learn. I love Beethoven and was very sad not to be able to perform Rocco in Baden Baden with Petrenko at Easter. I’ve listened to a lot of his chamber and orchestral works recently. Mozart is never far away, as is Wagner, Verdi and Richard Strauss.

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