Dr. Peter L. Atherton
Associate Professor, Robert and Norma Lineberger Endowed Chair in Music
- Bertea Hall 220
- (714) 628-2727
- The Juilliard School, Bachelor of Music
University of Southern California, Master of Music
University of California, Los Angeles, Doctor of Musical Arts in Music
Bass-baritone Peter Atherton has had the joy of performing over forty-five roles ranging from Seneca in The Coronation of Poppea to Frederick in A Little Night Music. His operatic credits include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Wolf Trap Opera, Virginia Opera, San Francisco Opera Touring Division, Opera Atelier, Cairo Opera and the Operafestival of Rome and Verona. He has performed with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Lucas Foss, James Conlon, Kurt Herbert Adler, David Effron and Myung-Whun Chung.
In concert and oratorio he has performed to acclaim with numerous orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cercle Genéve, International Chamber Ensemble Rome, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Orchestre de Belgique, Philadelphia Singers, San Diego Symphony, William Hall Chorale, Angeles Chorale and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. Equally popular in recital, he has performed in Vienna, Zürich, Rome, Hannover, Basel, Geneva, New York, Houston, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Mr. Atherton's versatility as a singing-actor enabled him to perform six different roles in The Phantom of the Opera in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. He has also recorded a program of French Art Song for the Hannover Radio in Germany.
Mr. Atherton holds the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School, Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has received numerous awards including Artist of the Year sponsored by The National Arts Club in New York City and a full scholarship to The International Academy for Soloists where he studied exclusively with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Mr. Atherton holds the Robert and Norma Lineberger Endowed Chair of Music at Chapman University and is Director of Operatic Studies and Associate Professor of Voice in the Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Artistic Board of Directors of Operafestival di Roma. For the 2012 Operafestival Mr. Atherton will direct Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Mr. Atherton has served on the faculty at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, Occidental College and at Operafestival di Roma and has presented Master Classes throughout North America. His students have been admitted to prestigious graduate and apprentice programs across the country, with many performing professionally in Europe, the United States and Canada.
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Opera Design Event for Spring Production
Operafestival di Roma, Suor Angelica - Stage Director
Chapman Board of Trustee's Summer Party
Pacific Symphony Pre-Concert Performances
Opera Guild Alliance - Opera Night Performance
Faculty Recital - Salmon Hall
Operafestival di Roma - Artistic Director, Die Fledermaus - Stage Director - Operafestival di Roma
Le nozze di Figaro - Stage Director - Operafestival di Roma