Baritone Peter Tuff has been called “an outstanding singer” (Salzburger Nachrichten) and “impressive…strong and commanding” (San Francisco Examiner). He has sung leading and supporting roles in over 125 operas in the U.S. and abroad: Danilo, Valentin, Dandini, Silvio, Lescaut, Escamillo, Sharpless, Germont, Ford, Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso and more. As Hans Scholl in Udo Zimmermann's Weisse Rose, he “conquered the demanding role” (Kurier).
Peter studied voice and horn at Pacific Lutheran University, and continued his training in San Francisco before moving with his wife and three children to Vienna, Austria. There, Peter sang in the chorus of the Vienna State Opera and performed numerous supporting solo roles. He spent many summers singing in the Salzburg Festival with solo performances in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. After ten years in Austria, Peter returned to the U.S. to Colorado Springs, where he was featured often with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Denver Bach Society 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).
Described as “a top shelf soloist” and “a burnished and expressive singer” (San Jose Mercury), Peter has long been an avid recitalist. While in Vienna, he was invited to perform Schubert’s Schwanengesang for the Tausend Jahre Österreich celebration. At Styriarte, the Styrian summer music festival in Graz, he performed a unique recital of Schubert song fragments with fortepianist Richard Fuller. The Schubert Society invited him to perform in the house of Franz Schubert’s birth.
Recent engagements include the Verdi Requiem , Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in San Jose, as well as Messiah with the Tacoma Symphony and Chorus. In November 2013, he sang the role of Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Monterey Symphony, followed by performances of Bizet’s Carmen with Presidio Classical Concerts in San Francisco. Last May, Peter sang Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel in recital in Monterey, California, in conjunction with an exhibit of paintings by Jules Tavernier. He performed with the San Francisco Opera Chorus in recent productions of Turandot, Götterdämmerung and Norma, and he is the newest member of The Rose Ensemble in Saint Paul. He and his wife LeAnna are now empty-nesters. They have five grandkids and two rescue dogs named Figaro and Susanna.