Peter Sidhom was born in Egypt of a Maltese-Italian mother and an Egyptian father, and settled in England at the age of ten. After reading Modern Languages at London University, he studied singing with Hervey Alan and Josephine Veasey. Peter Sidhom has appeared at many of the world’s leading international opera houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, Opera Bastille Paris, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Monnaie Brussels, Teatro Comunale Florence, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Teatro Real de Madrid and Teatro La Fenice.
He has also sung leading roles with all the British companies including ENO, Scottish Opera, WNO and Opera North. Operatic roles have included Alberich Der Ring des Nibelungen, Scarpia Tosca and Paolo Simon Boccanegra for Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Falstaff and Pizarro Fidelio for Scottish Opera, The Traveller Death in Venice in Lyon, Bregenz and Aldeburgh, Klingsor Parsifal in Nice, Faninal Der Rosenkavalier in San Francisco and Chicago and Balstrode Peter Grimes at the Bastille and in Geneva.
Equally at home on the concert platform, he has appeared in all the major UK concert halls and appears frequently at the BBC Proms. Conductors he has worked with include Richard Armstrong, David Atherton, Martyn Brabbins, Paul Daniel, Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mark Elder, Bernard Haitink, Richard Hickox, Oliver Knussen, Sir Charles Mackerras, Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi and Edo de Waart.
Rheingold Opera de Paris 2013
«world-beating performances from his rasping Alberich (Peter Sidhom) and Kim Begley’s Loge»
Francis Carlin, Financial Times
Falstaff Scottish Opera
«One man steals the show – Peter Sidhom – whose portrayal of the fat, debauched and generally unsavoury Sir John Falstaff is a thrilling tour de force. It doesn’t take much to imagine him as perfect for the part…but this is no clone of a past success: this is Sidhom reading a fresh and distinctive individuality into one of opera’s most likeable rogues…Verdi’s racy music, which never misses a comic turn, lays down all the clues, and Sidhom uses every one of them to his advantage. He is vocally robust, his comic timing is inspired, and with the necessary body padding he plays an arrogant, fat slob with calculated, athletic clumsiness. Sidhom’s influence on the production is infectious..»
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman
«Playing Falstaff, the Scottish Opera favourite Peter Sidhom wears a fat suit and wrings pathos and plenty of laughs from the role. He combines hypermobile joints with his heavily padded body to great effect, rocking himself breathlessly out of a chair, cramming his impressive bulk into a laundry hamper.»
Anna Burnside, Sunday Times