Peter Lake

Actor.  Singer.  Performer.

     Hailed as a singer with, "sincerity that engaged the audience...", Peter Lake is a lyric tenor who discovered his love of opera at an early age growing up in Budapest, Hungary where he enjoyed the arts and culture of the Budapest Symphony and the National Hungarian Opera House.  During this past year he has been busy working for numerous companies on multiple productions.  Peter is currently working as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist for Virginia Opera where he is covering the role of Count Almaviva.  Recently Peter spent his summer singing as an apprentice artist for Central City Opera where he had his role and house debut as Spoletta in Tosca, Father Chapelle /Clerk/Doorman in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Paravotti(Vogelsang) in The Impresario.  Before that he worked for the Natchez Festival of Music where he performed Captain Andy in Showboat, and sang for multiple concerts including a night honoring composer Glen Ballard.  In the spring of 2016 Peter sang the role of Don José in Carmen with the University of Southern Mississippi’s opera company the Southern Opera Company.  Later in the Spring he covered Don José and sang the role Remendado for Mississippi Opera's production of Carmen.  As a cover he worked alongside and was coached by such talented artists as Kirstin Chavez (Covent Garden) and Richard Troxell (Metropolitan Opera).  In 2017 Peter will return to the Southern Opera Company to perform the role of the Duke in Rigoletto.  
     Past performances for Peter included working as a studio artist for Chautauqua Opera in 2015.  There he sang the role of Triquet in Eugene Onegin as well as participating in numerous recitals and concerts.  In 2014 Peter sang as a studio artist for the Ashlawn Opera Festival where he performed Fyedka in their production of Fiddler on the Roof.  With the Southern Opera Company Peter performed such roles Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Camille in Die Lustige Witwe, and Bert in Mary Poppins.  Peter has also sung with various churches and organizations as a tenor soloist for Messiah and the Mozart Requiem.  In addition to his oratorio and stage work he has regularly performed concerts with regional companies such as For the Love of Broadway with Mississippi Opera and in the Christmas Cabaret and Night at the Oscars for the Natchez Festival of Music.  Awards for Peter include the National Council Metropolitan Opera Auditions Encouragement Award for the New Orleans District. Additionally he as awarded second place in the Mobile District NATSAA competition, first place multiple times in regional and state NATS, and the USM Opera Award for Outstanding Musicianship.
     After growing up in Budapest from age 6 Peter moved back to the U.S. in 2006 to further his education earning a B.A. in theatre and a B.M. in vocal performance from the University of Mobile and an M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi.  During his undergraduate work he attended the Druid City Opera Workshop. He spent multiple summers at the International Performing Artist's Institute in Bavaria working in an intensive training environment which included coaching with Barbara Daniels (Metropolitan Opera), Michael Sturm (Bayerische Staatsoper), and Kirstin Chavez.  Also in Bavaria he performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for the International Theater and Opera Company directed by Michael Sturm and conducted by Paul Weigold (Hannover HMTM).