A longtime favorite of the Fargo-Moorhead concert stage, baritone Peter Halverson has now recorded some of his favorite songs by American composers. In collaboration with his longtime performing partner and Concordia College music department colleague, pianist David Worth, and producers Mike and Linda Coates of Barking Dog Records and Raptor Studios, Peter took inspiration from great baritone singers of the past and drew from the rich and diverse American song repertoire to create AMERICAN PORTRAIT: From the Parlor to the Stage. From Ethelbert Nevin's 1891 setting of Eugene Fields' wistful "Little Boy Blue" to Marc Blitzstein's vaudevillian "Penny Candy" of 1945 to Gene Scheer's moving "Lean Away" of 1995 are heard over a century of songs that communicate with a beauty and simplicity that is immediate and heartfelt. Together these songs, old and new, favorites and forgotten, paint a landscape that is unmistakably American.
Baritone Peter Halverson has performed throughout the United States, distinguishing himself on the dramatic stage and in concert. A versatile performer, he has more than fifty roles to his credit including the title roles in Pelléas et Mélisande, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Gianni Schicchi, The Man of La Mancha and Phantom. He has been a frequent guest artist with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, North Star Opera, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center Mozart Festival, Oregon Bach Festival and San Luis Osbispo Mozart Festival. In addition, he has sung with the Florentine Opera, Berkshire Opera, Madison Opera, Tacoma Opera, Chattanooga Opera, National Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and New Mexico Symphony.
Highly regarded for his work in the roles of Mozart and Rossini, he has also received acclaim for work in contemporary opera including the title role in Einohuhani Rautavaara's Aleksis Kivi, Thomas Jefferson in Glenn Paxton's Monticello, Luther Dane in Chester Biscardi's Tightrope, the Emperor in Robert Moran's From the Towers of the Moon, Damis in Kirke Mechem's Tartuffe, Charles Lindbergh in Carey Franklin's Loss of Eden, and Leonard Bernstein's Mass. He has also been featured in numerous operettas including The Desert Song, The Vagabond King, The Chocolate Soldier, The New Moon, The Great Waltz, The Song of Norway, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Bittersweet, The Red Mill, Kismet and Naughty Marietta.
In concert he has been the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana, Britten's War Requiem, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Des Knaben Wunderhorn, J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony. He was also soloist in the premiere of René Clausen's Memorial at the ACDA National Convention at Lincoln Center in 2003. Peter is a professor of voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and has been heard often with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony.
"Emily" sound clip
"Lean Away" sound clip
More information about Peter's CD, "American Portrait - From the Parlor to the Stage.
Peter's CD is available online at Fargostuff.com.