Hailed as a singer with, "sincerity that engaged the audience...", Peter Lake is an internationally performing lyric-tenor who in the summer of 2018 returned to Mississippi Opera to perform as Pang in their production of Turandot. He then went back to the Natchez Music Festival for multiple concert engagements and to make is role debut as Faust in the opera of the same name. After performing as a soloist for Festival South’s “Reel Big Movie Concert” he travelled to the inaugural season of Savannah Opera for his second summer with the Savannah Voice Festival where he covered the role of Alfredo in their production of La Traviata and sang Gastone. In September Peter wrote and starred in a one man tribute to the life and works of Frank Sinatra with the Mississippi Opera as a part of their concert series. He returned to Savannah again in October to take part in a series of concerts and outreaches to promote the new work Anna Hunter by Michael Ching, commissioned through the Savannah Voice Festival. Also in October Peter Lake with be performing in Natchez at the Monmouth House with soprano Sheila Dunn and pianist Kelvin Ying in a fundraising event for cancer awareness. In November Peter will tour a production of the children’s opera The Enchanted Forest as a resident young artist of the Mobile Opera. Peter sang with Mobile Opera in February of 2018 as Don José in a reduced production of Carmen for the Mobile Opera Winter Gala.
In the summer of 2017 Peter performed as a Resident Artist for Opera North in his role and house debut as Paris in La belle Hélène where www.vnews.com reviewed him as “…relatably earnest, and his voice carries a lush, warm timbre.” In December Peter was invited to China to perform a series of American Art song recitals with soprano Chelsea Miller. Peter sang selections by Samuel Barber, Rorem, Ives, and Foster at such prestigious universities as: Central Conservatory of Music, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Shandong University, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, and Suzhou University. In August Peter worked as a Festival Artist at the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Experience in Savannah where he won the Savannah Voice Festival’s Opera Idol competition, and was invited to perform at the Sherrill Milnes Gala Honoring Denyce Graves in New York this spring.
In April of 2017 Peter covered the Duke and performed the outreach production in Mississippi Opera’s Rigoletto before traveling to the Natchez Festival of Music making his role debut as Count Alamaviva in their production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In the summer 2016 Peter worked as a young artist at Central City Opera where he won the 2016 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Award performing Spoletta in Tosca and Father Chapelle/Doorman/Hotel Clerk in The Ballad of Baby Doe and as the tenor lead in their young artist production of the Impresario. While at Central City Peter was awarded the 2016 Apprentice Artist Award.
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. In the fall of 2016 he travelled to Virginia Opera as a Herndon Foundation Young Artist where he covered Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In 2015 Peter worked as a studio artist with Chautauqua Opera where he performed Triquet in Eugene Onegin. While completing his Master of Music in Voice from the University of Southern Mississippi Peter performed as a studio artist with Ashlawn Opera in 2014.
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 and honorable mention in the Rose Palmai Tenser Opera Competition with Mobile Opera. Additionally he was 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). Other notable roles for Peter include: Spoletta in Tosca and Vogelsang in The Impresario with Central City Opera, Camille in Der Lustige Witwe, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte.