Born in Vienna, Peter Svensson started his singing career as the soprano soloist of the famous Vienna Boys Choir. He graduated ‘cum laude’ from Vienna Music Academy - among his teachers were Fritz Uhl and James King. Claudio Abbado brought Peter to the Vienna State Opera on a 2 year contract, 1989/91. He became the great hope among the new generation of Heldentenors after gaining wide international acclaim for his Rienzi at the Prague State Opera in 1991. He was prize winner at the Richard Tauber Competition in London 1991 and received a stipendium of the Richard Wagner Society in 1992. In 2004 Peter Svensson was nominated for the prestigious Thalie award (Czech Republic).
Peter Svensson has performed at La Scala Milano, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Hamburg, Dresden, Madrid, Stuttgart, Bologna, Leipzig, Prague, Cologne, Geneva, Mexico City, Hannover, Tokyo and other cities—with producers and directors such as Ruth Berghaus, Hans Hollmann, Harry Kupfer, Hans Peter Lehmann, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Jossi Wieler. He is regularly invited to the Festivals of Vienna, Edinburgh, Bergen, Lucerne, Prague Spring, Wexford, Ankara, Belgrave, Shaljapin Opera Festival/Russia.
Svensson has sung with many of the leading European orchestras, under the most distinguished conductors, among them Claudio Abbado, Marc Albrecht, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Neeme Järvi, Jiri Kout, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Charles Mackerras, Donald Runnicles, Sir Georg Solti, Horst Stein, both in concert and opera performances. He as had huge successes especially with the part of Siegfried/Siegfried in Augsburg (role debute1998), Stuttgart, Trieste, Rome (all 2000), Bonn (2001) and, recently, in Mexico. With his excellent interpretation of difficult Tenor parts, such as in Mahler Symphony No. 8, and Das Lied von der Erde, or Janacek´s Glagolithic Mass, Peter Svensson is a sought after artist at the most famous concert halls.