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 then perfected his skills with Fernando Cordeiro Opa in Bologna.
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.
He 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. He debuted at La Fenice with Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso and at the Florence Opera with Vinci’s Didone abbandonata.
Other highlights include Nerone in Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea with Jean-Christophe Spinosi at the Buenos Aires Teatro Colón, Leone in Bajazet by Gasparini at the Festival Opera Barga, Roberto in Vivaldi’s Griselda under the baton of David Bates, and Santino in the pasticcio Amore siciliano conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón.
Raffaele Pe is the first countertenor ever to be invited by the Verona Opera Festival where he performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in the Arena di Verona.
One of today’s finest Handel interpreters, Raffaele sang Arsace (Berenice) at the Göttingen International Handel Festival, Nerone (Agrippina) at the Grange Festival, Medoro (Orlando) at the Theater an der Wien, the title role in Arbace at the Halle Handel Festival, Disinganno (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno) at the Innsbruck Festival and Goffredo (Rinaldo) for Opera Lombardia.
Among his most important past engagements are Linceo in Ipermestra by Cavalli at the Glyndebourne Festival directed by Graham Vick; Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten for Opera Lombardia; Ermione in Scarlatti’s Trionfo dell’onore and the title role in the first modern representation of Orfeo by Nicola Porpora both at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca. Raffaele was seen on stage as Siface in Jommelli’s Critica in Graz, and as Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Verona Teatro Filarmonico with Stefano Montanari and Marina Bianchi. He performed Bach’s St Mark Passion reconstructed by Jordi Savall in Versailles and at the Paris Philharmonie.
A prestigious recitalist, Raffaele Pe has given a concert dedicated to Vivaldi alongside I Barocchisti and its founder Diego Fasolis at the Opéra de Lausanne.
He frequently collaborates with some of today’s leading conductors, including Jordi Savall, William Christie, Diego Fasolis, Alessandro De Marchi, Giovanni Antonini, Ottavio Dantone, Paul McCreesh, René Jacobs, Nicholas McGegan, Václav Luks, Christophe Coin, Antonio Florio, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, George Petrou and Claudio Cavina.
Also regularly performing on radio and television, he appears on BBC, Mezzo TV, Culturebox, Radio France, RAI, RSI, ORF, NDR…
For the label Glossa, Raffaele released his first solo album “The Medici Castrato”, which he presented 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. He features in several recordings published by Harmonia Mundi, Arcana, Resonus Classics and ORF.
His solo album, “Giulio Cesare – A Baroque Hero” (Glossa) he recorded with his own Ensemble La Lira di Orfeo under the direction of Luca Giradini was Sunday Times’ “Album of the Week” and awarded the most prestigious Abbiati Prize.
Recent and future projects include Acrimante in Alessandro Melani’s Empio punito conducted by Carlo Ipata and staged by Jacopo Spirei at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa; Erminio in Alessandro Scarlatti’s Trionfo dell’onore at the Tokyo Fujiwara Opera; Gilade in Vivaldi’s Farnace at the Venice Malibran Theater; Cleone in Handel’s Alessandro with the Kammerorchester Basel under the baton of Diego Fasolis in Göttingen, Paris and Basel. He sings Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under Jordi Savall in Barcelona.