British tenor David Butt Philip is an alumnus of the Jette Parker Young Artists Program, Royal Opera House. In 2014, shortly after leaving the program he made a hugely acclaimed English National Opera debut as Rodolfo La Bohème: “It’s an impressively complete performance: his Rodolfo is likable and unassuming on stage, but when he sings he unleashes a warm, easy-sounding tenor voice with plenty of heft and ping at the top. His first aria hymns Mimi’s little frozen hands in impeccable Italianate style.”(The Guardian)
In the 2016/17 season, Butt Philip makes his debut at Opéra de Lille as Erik Der fliegende Holländer. He will also return to Opera North to sing the role of Luigi Il Tabarro, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera to sing Laertes in a new commission of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by composer Brett Dean. Future concert engagements include Froh Das Rheingold with the Hallé Orchestra, which will be recorded, Beethoven 9 with both the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius Southwell Music Festival and Handel’s Messiah with the Mozart Festival Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Further ahead he makes his debut with Teatro Real and returns to Royal Opera House.
Butt Philip was born and brought up in Wells in Somerset and was a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He is a graduate of Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and the National Opera Studio and also a Samling Artist, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and winner of the prestigious John Christie Award in 2011.
Last season Butt Philip made his role debuts as Grigory in a new production of Boris Godunov at Royal Opera House, which he subsequently reprised at the BBC Proms. He also debuted the roles of Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed Madama Butterfly production as English National Opera and as Laca Jenufa at Opera North and sang the role of Mitrane Semiramide with Opera Rara and Sir Mark Elder. His concert performances included Verdi Requiem and Haydn’s Creation at the Royal Festival Hall.
Further recent roles include Rodolfo with Glyndebourne on Tour and English Touring Opera and Don José Carmen at Nevill Holt Opera. Whilst a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House he was heard in productions of Nabucco, Die Zauberflöte, Gloriana, Turandot, Parsifal, La Traviata, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Dialogues des Carmélites and Ariadne auf Naxos.
His concert performances include Mahler Das Klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle at the Barbican, Haydn Nelson Mass with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder, Britten Folk Songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recitals at the Wigmore Hall with Simon Lane and the Solstice Quartet.
Luigi Il Tabarro
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Erik Der fliegende Holländer
Opéra de Lille
Tour with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
The Dream of Gerontius
Das klagende Lied
Petite messe solenelle
Don Jose Carmen
Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia
Boris Káťa Kabanová*
Title role Werther
Tamino Die Zauberflöte
Grigoriy Boris Godunov
Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
Luigi Il tabarro
Rodolfo La bohème
Dick Johnson La fanciulla del West *
Bachus Ariadne auf Naxos*
Gabriele Adorno Simon Boccanegra*
Froh Das Rheingold
* in preparation
David Butt Philip, a former Royal Opera Young Artist making his debut at ENO – a company whose English-language policy is crying out for singers like him to vindicate it. It’s an impressively complete performance: his Rodolfo is likable and unassuming on stage, but when he sings he unleashes a warm, easy-sounding tenor voice with plenty of heft and ping at the top. His first aria hymns Mimi’s little frozen hands in impeccable Italianate style.
…a cast dominated by David Butt Philip’s sensationally well sung Don José… the scale of his singing, his subtlety – a wonderful messa di voce on the climactic note of the Flower Song – and his transition from the diffident, even shy brigadier of Act 1 to homicidal psychopath in Act 4 suggested a great future in the role… There’s a goldmine of promise here.
David Butt Philip, making his company debut, was something of a revelation as Laca, managing the transition from oafish lout to loyal lover with help from a tenor resonance that promises much