Peter Willcock, originally from Worcestershire, moved to London to study at Trinity College of Music where he was supported by numerous scholarships and bursaries and left with the vocal department silver medal and a first class honours degree.
Since then he has worked as a soloist and chorister for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, National Theatre, Grange Park Opera, Garsington Opera, Pimlico Opera and other small opera companies.
Standard roles include Dulcamara in Elixir of Love for Pavilion, Escamillo in Carmen for Pimlico Opera, Monterrone in Rigoletto for Pimlico/Grange Park Opera, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas for Garden Opera, Nettuno in Idomeneo for Dartington Festival, Billy Jackrabbit and Sid in La Fanciulla del West for Grange Park Opera, Noah in Noah’s Flood for the Cheltenham Festival, with other roles including Papageno, Zuniga, Grimbald, Herman/Crespel/Schlemil.
Contemporary roles include Owl in Terry Jones and Anne Dudley’s The Owl and the Pussycat for ROH/Olympics; Elephant/Father in Naciketa for Opera Circus; Rover/Chairman in Jones/Dudley A Doctor’s Tale at ROH, Fritz in Clockwork for the Unicorn theatre/ROH); Angel (cover) in Macmillan’s Clemency at ROH and Scottish Opera, and most recently Salieri’s Cook/Opera soloist in Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus at the National Theatre.
Peter also works a great deal in opera education as an animateur and performer for companies including Streetwise Opera, ROH and ROH Thurrock, Opera North and Garsington Opera – working in schools, homeless shelters, prisons, universities and community centres.
He is currently touring the country with Pop-up Opera singing the role of Geronimo in Cimarosa’s comic opera Il Matrimonio Segreto and is in the ensemble of
Turandot at the Royal Opera House. Future engagements include numerous oratorio/concerts, Aida at English National Opera and a revival of Amadeus at the National Theatre.
Peter’s Last engagement with the London Concert Choir was as Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady. He is delighted to return.
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