Opera North is sad to announce the death of Peter Bodenham, a long-term member of the Chorus of Opera North.
Peter was born in Manchester and studied at the RNCM. He joined the Chorus of Opera North from Scottish Opera in 1981, and that year took the role of the Ringmaster inThe Bartered Bride, with his wife Marie Slorach singing the role of Mařenka. It was a role he continued to perform whenever the piece was revived, most recently in our 2014 Autumn season.
Peter was a remarkable colleague and musician, who made a huge impact on the work of Opera North. His versatility as a stage animal and as a member of the Chorus was demonstrated time and again in the countless roles and covers he undertook during the 34 years he devoted to the Company.
We will remember him as a wonderful colleague, for his positive energy, and for the humour – just the right dose! – that he brought to any situation, as shown in this video which Peter and his son David made last year, when preparing to go on stage as 'Handsome' in The Girl of the Golden West.
We shall miss Peter hugely and will never forget what he achieved and contributed to all our lives at Opera North.