Peter Seiffert studied at the Robert Schumann Academy in his native city of Düsseldorf and began his professional career at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. As a prizewinner in the 1979 German Music Council Competition, he was offered guest engagements all over Europe. He became a member of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin in 1980. He first performed at the Bavarian State Opera in 1982 and has sung all the roles in repertoire with the company. In 1992 he was named Bavarian Kammersänger.
Peter Seiffert is a regular guest at leading opera houses and concert halls all over the world today, including in Vienna, London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. On the operatic stage he is particularly renowned as a Wagnerian tenor (Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Walther von Stolzing, Tristan, Siegmund, Lohengrin and Erik) but is also a distinguished Florestan (Fidelio) and Otello.
He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 1992 as Narraboth (Salome), returning in 1994 as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), in 2007 as Max (Der Freischütz) and in 2014 as Tristan in a concert performance. In 1996 he performed in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at the Salzburg Easter Festival and made his Bayreuth Festival debut as Walther von Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He returned to Bayreuth as Lohengrin from 2001 to 2005. In 2013 he was named Austrian Kammersänger and Berlin Kammersänger in 2014.