Dean Peterson is a regular guest of the leading opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera (the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Boito's Mefistofele, Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algeri, Mephistopheles in Faust, Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, King in Aida), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, Lodovico in Otello), San Francisco Opera (Mustafa), Canadian Opera (Kecal in The Bartered Bride), Cincinnati Opera (Escamillo in Carmen, title role in Don Giovanni, Oroveso in Norma, Timur in Turandot), The Dallas Opera (the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Oreste in Elektra, the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen and the Doctor in Wozzeck), Houston Grand Opera (Rucker Lattimore in the world premiere of Cold Sassy Tree, the Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman), Los Angeles Opera (Pistola in Falstaff and Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow), Minnesota Opera (Philip in Don Carlos in French and Ferrara in Lucrezia Borgia), Pittsburgh Opera (Escamillo and Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer), San Diego Opera (Rucker Lattimore, Alphonso in Cosi fan tutte, Leporello in Don Giovanni), Casals Festival (Boito’s Mefistofele), Santa Fe Opera and Spoleto, U.S.A. Festival (Walther in Luisa Miller). He has also appeared with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall (Ferrara in Lucrezia Borgia, Giorgio in I Puritani) and the Washington Concert Opera (Phorcas in Esclarmonde).
He has appeared s with many regional companies, including the Atlanta Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera Carolina (Charlotte), Cleveland Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Hamilton, Manitoba Opera, New Orleans Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Portland Opera, and has earned critical acclaim as a sought after interpreter of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Leporello, Escamillo, the four Villains, Mephistopheles, Mustafa, Olin Blitch in Susannah, and as Rucker Lattimore in Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree.
In Europe, he has appeared in Italy with Teatro alla Scala Milan (Mephistopheles, Colline in La Boheme, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Fernando in Fidelio), Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genoa (Rodolfo in La Sonnambula), Teatro Massimo di Palermo (title role in Bartok’s Bluebeard's Castle), in Spain with the Teatro Real in Madrid, Palma de Majorca (Mephistopheles, The Villains, and title role in Mefistofele), Malaga, Oviedo, in Austria at the Vienna State Opera (title role in Le Nozze di Figaro), in Germany at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Olin Blitch, Villains), in France with Opera de Nice, in the Netherlands with the Netherlands Opera (title role in Le Nozze di Figaro), and in Switzerland with Geneva Opera.
Recent appearances include: The Metropolitan Opera (Don Carlo, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly, Romeo and Juliette, War and Peace, Peter Grimes, Aida,Ernani, Il Trovatore, Madama Butterfly and as Luther and Crespel in their new production of Les Contes d’Hoffman.), the New Orleans Opera (Basilio), Minnesota Opera (Four Villains), Dallas Opera (King Henry in Lohengrin and as Barelli in The Aspern Papers), San Diego Opera (the Doctor in Wozzeck), Opera Pacific as Olin Blitch in Susannah and as Basilio, Teatro de la Opera in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Raimondo, Opera Omaha as the Commendatore, Madison Opera as Daland, and with the Madison Symphony in scenes from Boris Godunov. This season, he sang Rocco in Fidelio for Kentucky Opera.
Notable orchestral engagements include the Maggio Musicale (Florence) for Mendelssohn's Oratorio St. Paul (Colin Davis) and Handel's Messiah (Zubin Mehta), Teatro alla Scala (Milan) in the title role of Mendelssohn's Elijah (Gianandrea Gavazzeni) Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle (Neville Mariner), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Riccardo Muti), Ravenna Festival in the Verdi Requiem (Riccardo Muti) which was taped for commercial release by EMI, Ravinia Festival for Rossini's Stabat Mater, (Riccardo Chailly),Valencia and Cuenca (Spain) for Rossini's Stabat Mater (Jesus Lopez-Cobos); L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in Messiah, Elijah, Brahm's Requiem, Verdi Requiem and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; the Israel Philharmonic for Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Zubin Mehta) and Symphony No. 9. This season, he will sing Elijah for the Universty Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan.