Born in Hertfordshire, England, of German-Austrian parentage, Peter Bronder studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London as well as at the National Opera Studio, before undertaking his first engagements as principal tenor at Glyndebourne and Welsh NationaL Opera. During this early phase of his career he sang many leading roles in the Italian lyric repertoire including those in La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Maria Stuarda, Don Pasquale, I Puritani, La Sonnambula and Barbiere di Siviglia; as well as Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Eugene Onegin, Die Fledermaus and Der Rosenkavalier. He has since moved into the more dramatic, predominantly German repertoire, whilst retaining the lyrical qualities necessary for the Mozartean roles of Idomeneo and Tito, which he has performed at Glyndebourne. Notable successes include Mime Siegfried at La Scala Milan, Staatsoper Berlin, Flanders Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Massimo di Palermo and in Bergen, Herod Salome at La Scala Milan, Flanders Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Regio Torino, Oper Frankfurt, Teatro Municipal Sao Paolo and Opera Hong Kong, Loge Das Rheingold for Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh Festival, Oper Stuttgart and RuhrtriennaLe Festival, Erik Der Fliegende Hollaender in Rouen and Paris, and the title role in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg in Frankfurt and Seville. He made his American debut with the Cleveland Orchestra as Mime Siegfried, followed by his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in Falstaff. Significant engagements in Europe include the title role in Peter Grimes in Bielefeld, and the title role in Rienzi, Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln and Hauptmann Wozzeck in Frankfurt. In Frankfurt and at Teatro Real Madrid he also sang Luzio Das Liebesverbot. Furthermore Andrea Chenier at the Bregenz Festival, Valzacchi Der Rosenkavalier for La Scala Milan and Teatro Real Madrid, Narraboth Salome and Mazal Mr. Broucek for the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Ernesto Don Pasquale at Netherlands Opera, Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail at La Monnaie Brussels and San Francisco Opera, Laca Jenufa and Bajazet Tamerlano at the Komische Oper Berlin, Shuisky Boris Godunov at Teatro Regio Turin and Dr. Caius Falstaff at the Chatetet Paris. He also sang the title role Palestrina for Oper Frankfurt and Oper Zurich.
Apart from Glyndebourne, performances in the UK include appearances with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden - Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor, Cassio Otello, Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Andres Wozzeck, Selem The Rake’s Progress, First Jew Salome, Trabuco Forza del Destino; English National Opera - Vanya Katya Kabanova, Almaviva Barber of Seville, Italian tenor Der Rosenkavalier, Alfred Die Fledermaus, Jailor II Prigioniero; Opera North - Prunier La Rondine, Hauptmann Wozzeck, Alexander Il Re Pastore; and Scottish Opera - Rodolfo La Boheme, Leicester Maria Stuarda. He has returned as a guest artist to Welsh National Opera in Iphigenie en Tauride, as well as Peter Stein’s productions of Falstaff and Peter Grimes. He has an extensive concert repertoire, and has also worked with Sir Richard Armstrong, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Rafael Fruebeck de Burgos, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Richard Hickox, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Ivor BoLton, Ulf Schirmer, Ingo Metzmacher and Sebastian Weigle.
He has made numerous radio broadcasts and CD recordings for Decca, DGG, EMI, Philips, TeLdec and Chandos; most recently the title role in Rienzi with Oper Frankfurt. He also appears in filmed DVD productions of Siegfried, Salome, Boris Godunov and Andrea Chenier. Last season, he sang Herod with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Iaryzhkin in Barry Kosky’s new production of The Nose at the ROH, and Der Zwerg in a new production for Lisbon Opera, before making his debut with the New York Philharmonic as Mime Das Rheingold.
This season he returns to Covent Garden as Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, joins Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in the role of Le Lepreux Saint Francois d’Assise and makes his debut at the Opera de Paris as Misail in a new production of Boris Godunov.