Peter Bernhard

Peter Bernhard

Spinto Tenor

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«Peter Bernhard sang a remarkeble Manrico with all beautiful high notes»
«"Peter Bernhard made a convincing performance as Duca di Mantova, who also, from the backstage, interpreted his aria to the fickle women in a powerful and intelligible way."»
Opernglas 10/2016 (2018)
«After he performed his First part sovereign, he surprised with an expressive and moving "e lucevan le stelle"»
Solothurner Zeitung 5/2019 (2019)
2019Puccini: ToscaMario Cavaradossi
2018Verdi: AidaRadamès
2016Verdi: RigolettoDuca di Mantova
2015Kálmán: Die ZirkusprinzessinFedja Palinski
2014Strauss J.: Die FledermausGabriel Von Eisenstein
2013Verdi: Il TrovatoreManrico
2010Bizet: CarmenDon José
2009Weber: Der FreischützMax
2008Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannHoffmann
2006Gounod: Roméo et JulietteRoméo


Peter Bernhard studied Music and Theatre at the Conservatory of Bern in Switzerland. Subsequently, he was coached by KS Nicolai Gedda for four years on a weekly base, where he was able to profit from the singer’s large experience. For the past four years, Peter Bernhard was working with the conductors Marc Tardue and Giuliano Betta as well as the mezzo-soprano Larissa Schmidt as his vocal coach. Since March 2018 he‘s completing the italian coaching with Maestro Massimo Morelli (Lucca), Enrico Maria Cacciari and Andrea del Bianco (Opera Zurich). At the same time, he changed his voice from lyric tenor to lirico-spinto/spinto tenor.

He sang at the Oper Köln, at the Stadttheater Basel, at the Theatres of Augsburg (permanently for four years), Regensburg, St. Gallen, Luzern, Biel-Solothurn (permanently for three years) and at different summer festivals such as the Classic Openair in Solothurn (2001, 2007), the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim (2008 – 2010), at the Musik und Theater Saar near Saarbrücken and three times at the Operette Leuk. In 2005 he was on tour through Germany with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and gave concerts in Cologne, Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Bremen. The last years he travelled as a freelancer in Argentina (Buenos Aires), Italy (Florence, Lucca, Rovigo), in Spain and Mallorca and in Norway by the West Norwegian Opera Bergen. He has a large repertory of various main parts such as Radamès, Manrico, Duca, Cavaradossi, Pinkerton, Turiddu, Don José, Hoffmann, Roméo, Tamino, Max and many others as well as operetta parts like Tassilo, Fedja Palinski, Edwin, Barinkay, and Eisenstein.

Peter Bernhard was singing with conductors such as Helge Dorsch, Anthony Inglis, Robin Stapleton (Covent Garden), Mario Venzago, Giuliano Betta, Marc Tardue, Mark Foster, Henrik Nánási, Theodor Guschlbauer, Jürg Henneberger, Thomas Kalb and Jos Meier as well as renowned stage directors like Giancarlo del Monaco, Hans Neuenfels, Andreas Baesler, Bruno Berger-Gorski, Thomas Wünsch, Pavel Fieber, Jasmin Solfaghari, Anette Leistenschneider, Frank B. Gottschalk, Thilo Reinhardt and Dr. Ulrich Peters.

Besides his vocal and musical abilities, he impressed the audience by his acting skills. His intensity and his willingness to go to extremes are always appreciated by the stage directors and very welcome by the audience. Peter Bernhard speaks perfect high German as well as English, Italian and French without any accent. He also has a good knowledge of Spanish.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Tosca Mario Cavaradossi Immediately Opera Box 2019
Verdi: Aida Radamès Immediately Moldova National Opera 2018
Verdi: Rigoletto Duca di Mantova 24 hours Oper Schenkenberg 2016
Kálmán: Die Zirkusprinzessin Fedja Palinski 1 week Operettenfestival 2015
Strauss J.: Die Fledermaus Gabriel Von Eisenstein 1 week TOBS 2014