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Peter Robert Auty (born 1969) is an English operatic tenor who has worked with most of the major opera companies in Britain and a number of companies in continental Europe.
Auty is a former choirboy who sang at St Paul's Cathedral. At the age of 13, he sang "Walking in the Air", the theme song to the 1982 animated film The Snowman. Some people thought Aled Jones was the original singer, but his version was a cover of the song released as a single in 1985. Auty was approached to sing the 1985 version, but his voice had broken, and Aled Jones was chosen. Auty's version, which was recorded especially for The Snowman, had been released as a single two years earlier. Due to a rush to finish the film on time, Auty was not credited on the film until it was remastered in 2002.
Auty took the role of Camille in York Light Opera Company’s production of The Merry Widow in 1995. Subsequently, he moved to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he studied under Peter Alexander Wilson.
Auty's professional stage debut was with Opera North in 1998. With the company, he subsequently sang the roles of Rodolfo in La bohème around 2001-2002 and Don José in Carmen in 2011. Elsewhere in Britain, he has sung at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (where he worked regularly from 1999 to 2002), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Rodrigo in Verdi's Otello and Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore) and roles with Scottish Opera and English National Opera. In other parts of Europe he has appeared in many other venues such as Frankfurt and Rouen.
Auty has also performed concerts with orchestras both in his home country and abroad such as London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis, Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Royal Flemish Philharmonic led by Edo de WaartWide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments