The German tenor, Peter Menzel, studied singing with Helga Fischer-Klotz at the Musikhochschule Dresden, which he attended since 1963.
From 1968 to 1970, Peter Menzel was a member of the junior ensemble of the Dresdner Staatsoper and in 1970 became a regular member of the opera gouse. He remained there until 1972. From 1972 to 1977 sang at the State Landesbühne Sachsen (Dresden-Radebeul), followed in by the Berliner Staatsoper, where he worked for 15 years. He sang in this opera house in 1977 in the world premiere of R. Hot by Friedrich Goldmann (in the title role), in 1979 Paul Dessauís Leonce und Lena (as Valerio). The focus of his repertoire were buffo and character roles such as Monostatos in the Zauberflöte, Oronte in Alcina by George Frideric Handel, Jacquino in Fidelio, Mime in the Ring of the Nibelung (1996 Staatsoper Berlin), Hexe (the witch) in Hänsel und Gretel, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos by R. Strauss, Hauptmann in Wozzeck by Alban Berg, the 1st Strolch in Die Kluge by C. Orff Monsieur Taupe in Capriccio by R. Strauss, Don Amsel in Die wundersame Schustersfrau by Udo Zimmermann, Flipke in Schmied von Gent by Schreker, the four servant roles in Hoffmanns Erzählungen, Beppo in Fra Diavolo by Auber, Bardolph in Verdiís Falstaff, Pang in Turandot by Puccini, Mr. Triquet im Eugen Onegin and Jarischkin in The Nose by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Peter Menzel has also performed successfully as a concert and oratorio singer and participated in tours of the Thomanerchor Leipzig to Japan, Italy and Switzerland.
Recordings: Eterna, Berlin Classics (Leonce und Lena by P. Dessau).