Peter Knapp

Conductor | Singer | Vocal Coach


Having enjoyed a long and varied performance career as a singer in the opera and on the concert and recital stage, Peter Knapp now focusses principally on conducting, promoting concerts with his orchestra, The London International Sinfonia, and presenting programmes from the podium in a way aimed at involving the audience as fully as possible. Typical is his opera highlights concert, Live at the Opera!, in which he gives a potted history of opera, reflects on his experiences and trains the audience to sing an operatic chorus. He also commissions and edits arrangements for a chamber-sized orchestra so they he can offer a wide range of opera and concert repertoire, his aim being as ever to make live performance of classical music as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Next performances:



East-West Arts Initiative presents


St John’s Smith Square, London


28th September 2017 at 7.30pm


Gala Concert

To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Full Diplomatic Relations between China and the UK


Programme to include


XINGHAI XIAN     Yellow River Piano Concerto   《黄河钢琴协奏曲》


ELGAR                 Overture: In The South (Alassio) Opus 50


Operatic Highlights


Ke Ma (piano) Beibei Wang (soprano) Stephanie Lewis (mezzo soprano)  Alberto Sousa (tenor)

The London International Sinfonia (Leader: Tadasuke Iijima) and UK China Choir


Conductor:  Peter Knapp






29th September at 7.30pm

Rothamsted Conference Centre  Harpenden AL5 2JN


Live at the Opera!



His has toured the show to theatres and concert halls through the UK and abroad, ranging in size from the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, and has also given many performances at corporate functions (notably for Microsoft, Texaco, LexisNexis and Pinnacle Insurance), as well as at charity fund-raising events (for NSPCC, Macmillan Nurses and Home Farm).


Madame Butterfly


The London International Sinfonia

Peter Knapp set up the London International Sinfonia to give performing opportunities to talented musicians from all over the world, who have studied at UK conservatoires. Since their formation in 2012, they have accompanied productions of Carmen, The Barber of Seville and most recently, Madam Butterfly at the Cadogan Hall. They have played at Chinese New Year and Moon Festival Galas, performed with the Jubilate Choir on a number of occasions and accompanied Peter Knapp’s opera highlights show, Live at the Opera!

Performance versions.

Peter Knapp has written English performing versions and commissioned and edited orchestral re-scorings for the following operas



Performance versions


MOZART         The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte

ROSSINI         The Barber of Seville

DONIZETTI      Don Pasquale

VERDI              La Traviata, Rigoletto, Macbeth            

PUCCINI          La Bohème, Madama Butterfly

BIZET              Carmen

OFFENBACH   La Périchole, Orpheus in the Underworld


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