Peter Stewart, Bass-Baritone

Photo: Jim Graham

For the past few seasons, baritone Peter Stewart has created many new works in collaboration with composers. He has toured extensively in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America with  Philip Glass and Robert Wilson in Einstein on the Beach, Monsters of Grace, and La Belle et la Bête;  and has joined the Philip Glass Ensemble at the keyboards in Koyaanisqatsi,  Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi  and Anima Mundi. Last year, Mr. Stewart debuted with the National Theater of Serbia as part of the BAM’s Next Wave Festival in Jon Gibson’s Violet Fire. He has also created roles and recorded many new operas for Gavin Bryars/Robert Wilson (Medea), Julius Hemphill (A Bitter Glory), ‘Blue’ Gene Tyranny, Anthony Braxton (Shala Fears for the Poor), Meredith Monk, Fred Ho (Warrior Sisters), Allan Jaffe (Mary Shelley), Leroy Jenkins (Coincidents),Harry Partch and Hans Werner Henze, and was featured in Sir John Tavener’s Veil of the Temple in this year’s Lincoln Center Festival. He has sung many concerts and theater works of Harry Partch (Oedipus, The Wayward). Later this season, he will premiere The Rise and Fall of the First World by Michael Kowalski on a tour of Brazil.

At his solo recital debut in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the “rich, communicative baritone” (The New York Times) presented a song cycle written for him by Lee Hoiby. These songs appeared in his first solo disc on the CRI label as Continual Conversation with a Silent Man. Mr. Stewart has gone on to present recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, on a Community Concerts tour across the United States, and at many colleges and universities. Albany Records released Bayoan, a concert work for baritone and orchestra, by Roberto Sierra.

Mr. Stewart has performed with many orchestras and opera companies, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (to inaugurate their Bach Cantata series at the Metropolitan Museum), the American Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), the New Haven Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Roanoke, the Mark Morris Dance Company (Brussels) and the Mendelssohn String Quartet.

Mr. Stewart has also performed early music for many years, participating frequently in festivals in Holland, Germany, Italy, Belgium and North America. He has toured and recorded with the Waverly Consort, Pomerium (Grammy nomination, 1999) and Concert Royal. He sang in Andrew Parrott’s acclaimed version of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with the New York Collegium. As a soloist with the Holy Trinity Bach series in New York, he performed more than 40 Bach cantatas. Writing of a concert with Sir Roger Norrington at an International Schuetz festival, Andrew Porter of The New Yorker wrote: “Other highlights--moments of rare and inspiring beauty--were provided by the impassioned monologues sung by Peter Stewart.”

Mr. Stewart has been member of the faculty of New York University’s Tisch Center for the Arts, as well as the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy; and the Studio Arsis in Tokyo, Japan. He has performed as artist in residence at Sara Lawrence College, and has given master classes and lecture/demonstrations at Smith College, the University of Chicago, and other regional institutions. At present, he is on the faculty at Montclair State University.