Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Music, Radio/Television, Vocal; term
Peter Tuff is a veteran of the opera, musical theater and concert stage. The baritone has sung leading and supporting roles in well over one hundred operas and operettas, including Valentin, Dandini, Danilo, Lescaut, Escamillo, Sharpless, Germont, Ford, Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, the Pirate King and others. He has been hailed as “an outstanding singer” (Salzburger Nachrichten) and “impressive…strong and commanding” (San Francisco Examiner). As Hans Scholl in Udo Zimmermann’s Weisse Rose, he “conquered the demanding role” (Kurier). His operetta and musical theater credits include Billy in Anything Goes and Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl.
After voice and French horn studies at Pacific Lutheran University, Tuff continued his voice studies in San Francisco and in Graz, Austria, before moving with his wife and three children to Vienna. There, he was a member of the Vienna State Opera, and also performed solo roles at the Salzburg Festival. After ten years there, he returned to the U.S. to Colorado Springs, and he has performed with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, the Colorado Springs Chorale, and Colorado College’s Vocal Arts Symposium. His performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic was praised as “rich, articulate” and “exquisite, full of passion” (Colorado Springs Independent). As soloist with the Philharmonic, he was also featured in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and both sets of Copland’s Old American Songs.
Recent opera performances include Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Monterey Symphony, and the Count in The Marriage of Figaro with Pocket Opera in San Francisco. He sang Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel at the Monterey Museum of Art, as well as Mendelssohn’s Elijah and RVW’s A Sea Symphony with the San Jose Symphonic Choir. As arts administrator, Peter has served the Monterey Symphony, Carmel Music Society and The Rose Ensemble, and he now serves the Colorado Springs Chorale as executive director.
In May 2017, Peter will perform the title role in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado with Opera Theatre of the Rockies.