Peter Coleman-Wright

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Peter Coleman-Wright has performed throughout the worlds great Opera Houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera (most recently in the title role of Glanert’s Caligula) and the Glyndebourne Festival. He created the roles of John in Johnathan Harvey’s Inquest of Love, Colin in David Blake’s The Plumbers Gift and Harry Joy in Brett Dean’s Bliss which he performed in Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival.

He has sung in the opera houses of Paris, Bordeaux, Munich, Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan, Florence and at the Aix-en Provence and Bregenz Festivals. In North America he has sung in Houston, Santa Fe, New York (City Opera) and Vancouver.

For his native Australia he has sung Scarpia, Macbeth, Mandryka, Don Giovanni, Il Conte, Germont, Billy Budd, Balstrode, Pizzaro, Onegin, Golaud, and Sweeney Todd, winning the Helpmann Award for Best actor in a Musical.

As a concert artist he has performed in all the major venues throughout the world, most notably at the BBC Proms, the South Bank Centre. Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Concert Hall and he has recorded extensively for Telarc, Chandos, Hyperion, and EMI.

He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.



  • Ballads of the Pleasant Life - Kurt Weill, Weimar and Exile More info  

    Label: ABC Classics

    Release Date: 19 May 17

    ” … it too is a collection of Weimar Republic numbers, sung here by Australian baritone Peter Coleman-Wright. He really can do it all, whether luxuriating in Weill’s long lyrical lines or reeling off the names of Russian composers in the hysterical “Tchaikovsky”, from the Weill/Ira Gershwin musical Lady in the Dark. He throws in a wonderful “Ballad of Mack the Knife”, beginning austerely with a simple piano backing, switching to English half way through to the accompaniment of jaunty saxes.

    Quite magical: I challenge anyone not to be bowled over by this disc.”

    Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 30 September 2017

    Peter Coleman-Wright, baritone
    Nexas Quartet
    Benjamin Burton, piano

    Peter Coleman-Wrightsteps off the world’s opera stages to present a rare recording of music close to his heart: the remarkable songs written as the Weimar Republic descended into Nazism in the 1920 and ‘30s, by composers at home in Germany and Austria who were then forced to flee into exile. These songs capture the spirit of the times: defiant, soulful and searching, but also capable of moments of exuberant joy and hope. This title includes songs by Weill, Eisler, Korngold and Schönburg.

    “Coleman-Wright, that consummate operatic singer-actor, brings his dazzling stage skills to the fore in the hilarious catalogue of Russian composers collated in Tschaikowsky as well as the overripe morsel of Arnold Schoenberg, Dank.”
    Vincent Plush, The Australian, 1 July 2017

    “Coleman-Wright is a wonderful actor-singer best known from the opera house. Here he brings his baritone to propaganda songs such as Eisler’s Song of the Miners (“Digging for coal is like digging your own grave”), and comic and romantic roles. His Mack the Knife, sung in German, is the smoothest of criminals, his knife hidden ­behind a cloak of charm.”
    Matthew Westwood, The Australian, 18 July 2017

  • Persuasion & Seduction More info  

    Label: ABC Classics

    Release Date: 01 Dec 12

    A collection of gorgeous operatic duets sung by husband and wife, Cheryl Barker and Peter Coleman-Wright
    Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
    Martin Andre

  • BEETHOVEN: Fidelio More info  

    Label: GFOCD 004-06

    Release Date: 01 Nov 12

    Jaquino: Andrew Kennedy
    Marzelline: Lisa Milne
    Rocco: Brindley Sherratt
    Leonore: Anja Kampe
    Don Pizarro: Peter Coleman-Wright
    First Prisoner: Nathan Vale
    Second Prisoner: Anthony Cleverton
    Florestan: Torsten Kerl
    Don Fernando: Henry Waddington

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus
    Mark Elder

  • BERLIOZ: Benvenuto Cellini More info  

    Label: LSO0623

    Release Date: 01 Oct 12

    Cellini: Gregory Kunde
    Teresa: Laura Claycomb
    Balducci; Darren Jeffery
    Fieramosca: Peter Coleman-Wright
    Francesco; Andrew Kennedy
    Ascanio: Isabelle Cals
    Pompeo: Jacques Imbrallo
    Pope Clement VII: John Relyea
    Bernardino: Andrew Foster-Williams
    Cabaretier: Alasdair Elliott

    London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
    Sir Colin Davis

  • BRITTEN: Owen Wingrave, Op. 85 More info  

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Sep 12

    Owen Wingrave: Peter Coleman-Wright
    Spencer Coyle: Alan Opie
    Lechmere: James Gilchrist
    Miss Wingrave: Elizabeth Connell
    Mrs Coyle: Janice Watson
    Mrs Julian: Sarah Fox
    Kate: Pamela Helen Stephen
    General Sir Philip Wingrave, Narrator: Robin Leggate

    Tiffin Boys’ Choir
    City of London Sinfonia
    Richard Hickox

  • BRITTEN: Paul Bunyan, Op. 17 More info  

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Jul 12

    Swede I: Neil Gillespie
    Swede II: Neil Griffiths
    Swede III: Christopher Lackner
    Swede IV: Jonathan Coad
    Tiny: Susan Gritton
    Fido: Lillian Watson
    Moppet: Pamela Helen Stephen
    Poppet: Leah-Marian Jones
    Johnny Inkslinger: Kurt Streit
    Hot Biscuit Slim, a good cook: Timothy Robinson 
    Sam Sharkey, 1st bad cook: Francis Egerton
    Western Union Boy: Henry Moss
    Narrator: Peter Coleman-Wright 
    John Shears: Roderick Earle
    Ben Benny, 2nd bad cook: Graeme Broadbent
    Hel Helson: Jeremy White
    Paul Bunyan: Kenneth Cranham

    Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent Garden; Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
    Richard Hickox

  • DELIUS: Fennimore and Gerda More info  

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Jul 12

    Fennimore: Randi Stene
    Gerda: Judith Howarth
    Marit: Helle Charlotte Pedersen
    Ingrid: Susse Lillesшe
    Lila: Marianne Lund
    Mrs Claudi: Annette Simonsen
    Erik Refstrup: Mark Tucker
    Voice across the water: Gert Henning-Jensen
    Tutor: Finn Bielenberg
    Niels Lyhne: Peter Coleman-Wright 
    Town Councillor: Bo Anker Hansen
    Distiller: Peter Fog
    Councillor Skinnerup: Stefan Cushion
    Consul Claudi: Aage Haugland
    Sportsman: Michael W. Hansen

    Danish National Radio Choir
    Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Richard Hickox