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.
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.
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Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Dušica Bijelić as Despina and David Butt Philip as Ferrando in the JPYA Summer Performance
Rachel Kelly as Dorabella, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Dušica Bijelić as Despina, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi in the JPYA Summer Performance
David Butt Philip in Così fan tutte in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera
David Butt Philip as Ferrando in the JPYA Summer Performance
Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi, Rachel Kelly as Dorabella, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso in the JPYA Summer Performance
David Butt Philip as Ferrando, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Michel de Souza as Guglielmo in the JPYA Summer Performance
David Butt Philip as Pang in Turandot
Kiandra Howarth as Fiodiligi, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance