British tenor David Butt Philip was a member of The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2012–14, during which time his roles included First Chevalier/Master of Ceremonies (Robert le diable), Abdallo (Nabucco), First Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte), Master of Ceremonies (Gloriana), Servant (Capriccio), Pang (Turandot), First Knight (Parsifal), Apparition of a Youth (Die Frau ohne Schatten), First Commissary (Dialogues des Carmélites), Gastone de Letorières (La traviata), Officer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte Act I, JPYAP summer performance). He also sang Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne) in Meet the Young Artists Week 2012. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Song of the Earth for The Royal Ballet.
Butt Philip was born in Somerset and sang as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He trained as a baritone at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major prizes at both conservatories. His baritone roles included Junius (The Rape of Lucretia), Mr Gedge (Albert Herring) and Marcello (La bohème). He retrained as a tenor after performing Glyndebourne Festival in 2010, and subsequently became a Jerwood Young Artist in 2011, winning the John Christie Award and the same year singing Rodolfo (La bohème) for Glyndebourne on Tour. His roles since leaving the Programme have included Rodolfo for English National Opera.
Butt Philip's concert performances include Verdi’s Requiem with Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra, Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski and a recital at the Wigmore Hall.
News and features
2013/14 Review: Reflecting on a Season of highlights and artistic dreams realized for Jette Parker Young Artists
19 July 2014
Opera’s next stars will take to the stage on Sunday 20 July for annual JPYA Summer performance.
11 April 2014
The British tenor on swapping rock and drum and bass for a career as an opera singer.