Hungarian bass-baritone Peter Kalman is becoming widely known for his highly engaging character portrayals, especially in the Italian "Buffo" repertoire.

Last season, he gave a highly acclaimed role debut as Alberich in a concert performances of Das Rheingold at MUPA in Budapest with Adam Fischer and the Hungarian RSO and appeared as Oroveso in Norma, alongside Cecilia Bartoli, at Zurich Opera, Monte-Carlo Opera, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Most recently, he sang the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Angers-Nantes Opéra and returned to Budapest Opera as Nick Shadow and Gianni Schicchi as well as MUPA as Alberich in Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.

Other recent opera appearances include the role of Boland in Schubert's Fierrabras staged by Peter Stein at the Salzburg Festival, Cadmus and Somnus in a concert version of Semele at the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg, conducted by Diego Fasolis, Leporello in Sir Thomas Allen's production of Don Giovanni at Scottish Opera, Le Gouverneur in Rossini's Le Comte Ory at Theater an der Wien, Elmiro in Rossini's Otello at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Whitsun Festival Salzburg with Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Paul McCreesh at Vlaamse Opera, and at Theater an der Wien with Marc Minkowski as well as the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt in concert.

Elsewhere, he sang the role of Nonancourt in Nino Rota's opera Il capello di paglia di Firenze at the Angers-Nantes Opéra in a staging by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, Curio in Handel's Giulio Cesare at the Salzburg Festival, Don Magnifico in Rossini's La Cenerentola at Den Nye Opera in Bergen and Elmiro in Rossini's Otello at Zurich Opera.
At the Hungarian State Opera, where he is a regular guest, he has performed roles such Il Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore and the title-role in Don Pasquale, Sixtus Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Herr von Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Ping in Turandot and Bluebeard in Bluebeard's Castle. He sang Malatesta in Don Pasquale at the Opera Festival in Miskolc/Hungary where he also performed the role of De Siriex in Giordano's Fedora and the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.

Highlights for the season 2017/18 include Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and in concert at Konzerthaus Dortmund, a return to Angers Nantes Opera as Senecca in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte at the Hungarian State Opera, Mustafa in Italian in Algeri at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, La Cerenentola in concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as well as concert performances of Götterdämmerung with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society.

Peter Kalman was a member of the International Opernstudio at Zurich Opera, after which he joined the ensemble, where he appeared a.o. as Silvano in Un Ballo in Maschera, Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore and Angelotti in Tosca and worked with conductors such as Nello Santi, Christoph von Dohnányi, Adam Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Stephan Soltesz, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Franz Welser-Möst.

Born in Budapest, he began his studies with Anna Pauk and continued his musical education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Gabor Carelli and in Hungary with Prof. Mircea Breazu.