Peter Strummer

Strummer Dr. Bartolo

One of America’s foremost character bass-baritones, Peter Strummer has earned a reputation for endowing his buffo characterizations with incredible depth and humanity.


Mr. Strummer’s signature roles include Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, which he performed with Manitoba Opera, Nashville Opera, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Carolina, Austin Lyric Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Las Vegas, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Calgary Opera; Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Arizona Opera, Orlando Philharmonic, Palm Beach Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Atlanta Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre; and Sacristan in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company, Manitoba Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Arizona Opera.


Notable engagements also include Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème, the Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen and Alcalde in La forza del destino with San Francisco Opera; Seattle Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle covering Alberich; Rashid in Haroun with New York City Opera; the Major Domo in Ariadne auf Naxos with Dallas Opera; and Alberich in Das Rheingold with New Orleans Opera.


Many of Mr. Strummer’s performances were recorded and broadcast throughout the world. His appearances with the Canadian Opera Company as Melitone in La forza del destino and as Sacristan in Tosca were aired on CBC Television, and his portrayal of Musikmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee was made into a film, which was broadcast in the United States on PBS. His performance as Devilshoof in The Bohemian Girl with Central City Opera has been released on Voce Records.  For more information, please see