The young Slovakian bass/bass-baritone Peter Kellner joined the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera in the 2018/19 season, where he will sing Theseus in a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream conducted by Simone Young, as well as Il re di Scozia in Ariodante and Leporello (Don Giovanni) in 2019/20. Elsewhere this season, he will perform Colline La Bohème at the Royal Opera House in London.
In recent years, Mr. Kellner has made several house debuts, including at the Vienna State Opera as Panthée in Berlioz’ Les Troyens, at London’s Royal Opera House as Ratcliffe (Billy Budd), as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Volksoper Wien as Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro). He also debuted as Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla and at the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste. Further debuts include Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the title role in Händel’s Hercules at Staatstheater Oldenburg, Colas (Bastien und Bastienne) at the Macao Opera Festival, Le Gouverneur (Le Comte Ory) at the Klosterneuburg Festival, Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) at the Staatstheater Banská Bystrica and Sciarrone and Carceriere (Tosca) with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He sang his first Colline (La Bohème) and Leporello (Don Giovanni) at the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava. In 2013 Mr. Kellner performed as Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail für Kinder and in Verdi’s Don Carlo conducted by Antonio Pappano at the Salzburg Festival. During his tenure as member of the ensemble at Oper Graz (2015/16-2017/18) he portrayed roles such as Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata), Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), Colline (La Bohème), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims) and the title role of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Mr. Kellner was awarded the Independent Opera Fellowship at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, the second prize and the audience award at the International Mozart Competition Salzburg and the first prize at the International Ferruccio Tagliavini Competition in Deutschlandsberg.
He has worked with conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Adam Fischer, Marco Armiliato, Ivor Bolton, Friedrich Haider and orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Camerata Salzburg, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Staatsphilharmonie Košice and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Kellner was born in the Slovak Republic and studied at the conservatory in Košice with M. Adamenko, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with B. Bakow, and he completed his bachelor’s degree with A. Sol at the Kunstuniversität Graz.
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