» Dr. Peter L. Atherton
Associate Professor, Robert and Norma Lineberger Endowed Chair in Music

College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Peter L. Atherton
Director of Operatic Studies
Office Location:
Bertea Hall 220
(714) 628-2727
The Juilliard School, Bachelor of Music
University of Southern California, Master of Music
University of California, Los Angeles, Doctor of Musical Arts in Music

Bass-baritone Peter Atherton has had the joy of performing over forty-five roles ranging from Seneca in The Coronation of Poppea to Frederick in A Little Night Music.  His operatic credits include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Wolf Trap Opera, Virginia Opera, San Francisco Opera Touring Division, Opera Atelier, Cairo Opera and the Operafestival of Rome and Verona.  He has performed with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Lucas Foss, James Conlon, Kurt Herbert Adler, David Effron and Myung-Whun Chung.

In concert and oratorio he has performed to acclaim with numerous orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cercle Genéve, International Chamber Ensemble Rome, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Orchestre de Belgique, Philadelphia Singers, San Diego Symphony, William Hall Chorale, Angeles Chorale and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. Equally popular in recital, he has performed in Vienna, Zürich, Rome, Hannover, Basel, Geneva, New York, Houston, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 

Mr. Atherton's versatility as a singing-actor enabled him to perform six different roles in The Phantom of the Opera in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.  He has also recorded a program of French Art Song for the Hannover Radio in Germany.

Mr. Atherton holds the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School, Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles.  He has received numerous awards including Artist of the Year sponsored by The National Arts Club in New York City and a full scholarship to The International Academy for Soloists where he studied exclusively with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Mr. Atherton holds the Robert and Norma Lineberger Endowed Chair of Music at Chapman University and is Director of Operatic Studies and Associate Professor of Voice in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Artistic Board of Directors of Operafestival di Roma where he directed productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus and Suor Angelica. Mr. Atherton will return to teach for the Frost School of Music Salzburg Summer Program in 2015. Mr. Atherton has served on the faculty at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, Occidental College and Operafestival di Roma and has presented master classes throughout North America. His students have been admitted to prestigious graduate and apprentice programs across the country, with many performing professionally in Europe, the United States and Canada.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Guest Voice Faculty for the Frost School of Music Summer Program in Salzburg, Austria. Three of my Chapman students received talent scholarships to attend this program. Two were chosen winners in the prestigious Schloss Mirabell Competition and were presented in a professional concert series in the Marble Hall.
Directed and supervised five Opera Chapman singers touring the greater Boston area for three showcase performances at the Berklee College of Music, The Community House in Hamilton, Massachusetts and Eliot Church in Newton, Massachusetts.
Directed Pacific Symphony's Family Offerings production of The Magic Potion in Segerstrom Concert Hall
Frost School of Music Summer Program at The Salzburg Festival - Guest Faculty
Choral Summer Camp
Arts Guild Alliance - Opera Night - Director
Pacific Symphony Pre-Concert Performances
2013 Pacific Symphony Family Concert Series, The Magic Flute - Stage Director
Natchez Arts Festival - Rigoletto - Stage Director, Set and Lighting Design
Opera Design Event for Spring Production
Operafestival di Roma, Suor Angelica - Stage Director
Chapman Board of Trustee's Summer Party
Pacific Symphony Pre-Concert Performances
Opera Guild Alliance - Opera Night Performance
Faculty Recital - Salmon Hall