Hungarian bass-baritone Peter Kálmán is becoming widely known for his highly engaging character portrayals, especially in the Italian "Buffo" repertoire. In 2015, he gave a highly acclaimed role debut as Alberich in concert performances of Das Rheingold at Müpa Concert Hall in Budapest under Adam Fischer. He has since returned to Müpa to reprise Alberich in Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. Other recent appearances have included 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, Boland in Schubert’s Fierrabras at the Salzburg Festival, Cadmus and Somnus in Semele at the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg, Leporello in Don Giovanni at Scottish Opera, Le Gouverneur in Rossini's Le Comte Ory at Theater an der Wien and Elmiro in Rossini's Otello at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
Highlights in 2017/18 include returns to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Don Magifico (La Cenerentola) and to the Salzburg Whitsun Festival as Mustafa in L’italiana in Algeri.
Kálmán is a former ensemble member of Zurich Opera, where he appeared as Silvano in UnBallo in Maschera, Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore and Angelotti in Tosca. He has worked with conductors including 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 Pau and, continued his musical education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Gabor Carelli and in Hungary with Professor Mircea Breazu.