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, Santino in the pasticcio Amore siciliano under Leonardo García Alarcón, Acrimante in Alessandro Melani’s Empio punito conducted by Carlo Ipata and staged by Jacopo Spirei at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa.
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) in Innsbruck, Versailles, Rouen and Goffredo (Rinaldo) for Opera Lombardia. He performed Handel’s Messiah with Erwin Ortner at the Vienna Musikverein.
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 at the Tokyo Fujiwara Opera and Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, where he also embodied the title role in the first modern representation of Orpheus by Nicola Porpora.
Under the direction of Jordi Savall, he sang several works by Bach including the Christmas Oratorio, both the St. Matthew and St. Mark Passions in Barcelona, Versailles Royal Chapel and 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 and George Petrou.
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 the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo in a Pier Luigi Pizzi/Federico Maria Sardelli production for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for the Theater St. Gallen and the title role in the contemporary opera Hémon by Zad Moultaka for the Strasbourg Opéra du Rhin. He sings Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under Jordi Savall at the Styriarte Festival in Graz and gives a recital entitled “Giulio Cesare” at the Halle Händel-Festspiele.