Born in Italy, Raffaele Pe started his vocal and organ studies at the Lodi Cathedral where he was a chorister, working under Pietro Panzetti. He continued his training in London with Colin Baldy and became a member of the Monteverdi Choir’s Young Artists’ programme collaborating closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He is currently perfecting his skills with Fernando Cordeiro Opa in Bologna.
Very much in demand, Raffaele made his US debut at the Spoleto Festival USA, interpreting the leading male role of Delio in the premiere of Cavalli’s Veremonda, alongside Vivica Genaux. Other highlights include Ottone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi in Tokyo and at the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen, Leone in Bajazet by Gasparini at the Festival Opera Barga, Roberto in Griselda by Vivaldi under the baton of David Bates, and Santino in the pasticcio Amore siciliano conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón.
Raffaele is the first countertenor ever to be invited by the Verona Opera Festival where he sang Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana under Andrea Battistoni in the Arena di Verona.
Engagements last season embrace Linceo in Ipemestra by Cavalli at the Glyndebourne Festival conducted by William Christie and directed by Graham Vick and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten at the Teatro Ponchielli di Cremona, Teatro Grande di Brescia, Teatro Sociale di Como, Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, Teatro Fraschini di Pavia and Teatro Municipale di Reggio Emilia. Raffaele Pe was seen on stage as Arsace in Berenice at the Göttingen International Handel Festival, Siface in La Critica by Jommelli in Graz, and Spirit in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell at the Verona Teatro Filarmonico with Stefano Montanari and Marina Bianchi.
Other major collaborations with leading conductors include Diego Fasolis, Ottavio Dantone, Paul McCreesh, René Jacobs, Nicholas McGegan, Václav Luks, Christophe Coin, Antonio Florio and Claudio Cavina.
Also regularly performing on radio and television, Raffaele appears on BBC, Mezzo TV, Culturebox, Radio France, RAI, RSI, ORF, NDR…
For the label Glossa, Raffaele Pe released, to critical acclaim, his first solo recording “The Medici Castrato”, which he performed at the Bologna and MITO Festivals and in major European venues including the Berlin Philharmonie. He also recorded for Glossa the CD “Sospiri d’amore” (operatic arias and duets by Cavalli) with La Venexiana and the Evangelist in Veneziano’s Passione secondo Giovanni with the Cappella Neapolitana. Raffaele features in several recordings issued by Harmonia Mundi, Arcana, Resonus Classics and ORF.
Hailed by critics as one of the up-and-coming Italian artists of the operatic scene, Raffaele’s versatile and expressive voice embraces a repertoire that extends from the recitar cantando to contemporary operas.
Recent and future projects include Bach’s St Mark Passion reconstructed by Jordi Savall in Versailles and at the Paris Philharmonie, Nerone in Agrippina at the Grange Festival and Medoro in Orlando at the Theater an der Wien.