Saskatchewan-born baritone Peter McGillivray participated in Pacific Opera Victoria's 2008 Resident Artist Program and made his POV debut in the role of Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. He returned in February 2013 to perform in two of Pacific Opera Victoria's Britten Festival productions in celebration of the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten. He was Noah in Noye's Fludde , and in Albert Herring he performed the role of Vicar Gedge.
Peter returns in 2016 as Dr. Bartolo in Rossini's The Barber ofSeville – He has previously performed the character of Dr. Bartolo in both The Barber of Seville (with Opera Lyra Ottawa) and The Marriage of Figaro (with Manitoba Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa).
Peter McGillivray leapt to international attention in 2005 by winning top prizes both at the Montreal International Musical Competition and at the Queen Sonja Competition in Oslo, Norway. He first attracted the national interest of Canadians both as the winner of the_JFI8385 2003 CBC Young Performers Competition and as a member of the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company.
In recent seasons he has been seen on opera stages from coast to coast including turns as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opéra de Québec and Saskatoon Opera, Vicar Gedge in Albert Herring with both Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera, Dr. Falke in Edmonton Opera’s Die Fledermaus, Schaunard in Manitoba Opera’s La bohème and the Canadian première of Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night with Calgary Opera.
Upcoming engagements include Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Regina Symphony, Rocking Horse Winner with Tapestry Opera, and Moby Dick with Dallas Opera.
Peter has released two CDs – Summer Schemes, featuring British, American, German and French Art Songs, performed with pianist Liz Upchurch and Cloud Light: The Songs of Norbert Palej with Michèle Bogdanowicz, Jacqueline Woodley, Lawrence Wiliford & Steven Philcox.
Below: Excerpt from a 2010 concert featuring Peter McGillivray and pianist Julien Leblanc.
Peter McGillivray was a robust and energetic Noye, as competent a carpenter and sailor as one might wish to see. His strong, rich baritone which never faltered and confident acting provided a rock-steady base for the excellent but less experienced cast to work with.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, Review of Noye's Fludde with Pacific Opera Victoria, 2013
He has developed a rich, beautiful baritone, backed by a solid technique that allowed him to sing the top notes with assurance, not to speak of exemplary musicality and intelligence. There is a sincerity and directness of communication to his singing that is striking — this is a singer with something to say to his audience.
La Scena Musicale
McGillivray's rich and blooming baritone is ... always keenly focused, rock steady, with nary a wobble, and his enunciation is impeccable at every turn.