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About Peter

Career and biographical notes.

Peter Lidbetter graduated from Jesus College Cambridge in 2015 with an academic music degree, winning the Margaret Mair prize for vocal performance in his final year. He holds an MMus and a Postgraduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, both with distinction. At the RNCM he won the Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize for final-year singers in 2020, and he was a finalist in the college-wide Gold Medal competition.

At Jesus College Cambridge he was a choral scholar, and after graduating spent two years as a professional lay-clerk with the Choir of St John's College Cambridge. He was also manager of the Gentlemen of St John's, described by BBC Music Magazine as "an immaculately blended, responsive, interactive consort."

Peter made his professional operatic debut with Flat-Pack Opera in 2018 as Colline in La Boheme, and has also played Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Sarastro (Die Zauberflote). He also works with Garsington Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park, Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Anywhere and Heritage Opera. His teacher is Nicholas Powell.

Concert Repertoire

Below is a selected list of solo concert repertoire Peter has previously performed in a professional setting.

  • Bach – St Matthew Passion (Pilatus, Christus, Petrus, Arias)

  • Bach – St John Passion (Pilatus, Christus, Arias)

  • Beech – Grand Mass in E flat

  • Beethoven – Symphony no. 9

  • Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

  • Duruflé – Requiem

  • Fauré – Requiem

  • Gounod – Messe Solennelle

  • Handel – Judas Maccabeus

  • Handel – Messiah

  • Haydn – Creation

  • Haydn – Nelson Mass

  • Haydn – Missa Sancti Nicolai

  • Honegger – Christmas Cantata

  • Lloyd-Webber – The Saviour

  • Monteverdi – 1610 Vespers

  • Mozart – Coronation Mass

  • Mozart – Requiem

  • Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle

  • Schubert – Magnificat

  • Schubert – Mass in B-flat

  • Schubert – Mass in C

  • Schubert – Mass in G

  • Stanford – Stabat Mater

  • Vaughan Williams – Mass in G Minor

  • Vaughan Williams – Serenade to Music

  • Verdi – Requiem

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