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Peter Knapp

Professorial Staff - Voice


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444

Email: p.knapp@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Peter Knapp


After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Peter Knapp studied singing in London and Italy. He made his operatic debut with the Glyndebourne Touring Company as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and then worked for a number of seasons for Kent Opera, singing the title roles in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (filmed by BBC Television). He also sang Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva and the title role in Szymanowski’s King Roger at English National Opera and created the role of Maxim in Joseph’s opera Rebecca for Opera North. He has also sung with Scottish Opera and Welsh Opera and appearances abroad have included performances in Frankfurt, Zurich, Bulgaria, St Louis, Hong Kong and Venice, where he sang in Handel’s Agrippina and Britten’s Church Operas. His distinguished career as a concert singer has taken him to Australia and North and South America and he has sung with many leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic. Peter Knapp has also translated and directed opera and has dedicated himself to the training of young singers. He helped set up British Youth Opera and then established his own company, Travelling Opera, which toured extensively in Britain, giving regular seasons at the Barbican Concert Hall, and also in France and the Far East.

Qualifications/ Educational Background

Cambridge University

Creative Outputs

Da Falla’s El Retablo di Maeso Pedro with Simon Rattle (Decca)

La Périchole by Offenbach (BBC Television)


  • B & H Award at Aldeburgh
  • Paris Competition for the Interpretation of French Song