David Butt Philip


David Butt Philip was born and brought up in Wells, Somerset, and began his musical training as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral.  He studied at the RNCM, RAM and the National Opera Studio and was also a Samling Scholar in 2009. During 2012–14 he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the ROH where his roles included First Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Pang Turandot, First Knight Parsifal, and Apparition of a Youth Die Frau ohne Schatten.

Previously for ENO: War Requiem, Pinkerton Madam Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème Opera For All gala.

Career Highlights

Recent roles include: Earl of Essex Gloriana (Teatro Real); title role Hamlet (Glyndebourne on Tour); Laertes Hamlet (Glyndebourne); Narraboth Salome, Grigory Boris Godunov (ROH); Folco Isabeau (OHP); Laca Jenufa, Luigi Il tabarro (Opera North).  Awards include the John Cameron Prize for Lieder, the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, the Edwin Samuel Dove Prize for special merit and the Bruce Millar/Gulliver Prize, and the prestigious John Christie Award in 2011.

Forthcoming: War Requiem (ENO); title role Der Zwerg (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Froh Das Rheingold (Teatro Real); Grigory (ROH).

Last updated: 21st August 2019