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David Butt Philip

Jette Parker Young Artist

Biography

David Butt Philip in action.
David Butt Philip in Così fan tutte in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

British tenor David Butt Philip joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in 2012. He made his Royal Opera House debut as First Chevalier/Master of Ceremonies (Robert le diable), followed by Abdallo (Nabucco), First Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte), Master of Ceremonies (Gloriana) and Servant (Capriccio). He sang Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne) in Meet the Young Artists Week 2012.

Born in Somerset, he was a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral, before studying as a baritone at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. As a student he won many major prizes at both conservatories. Concert performances include Verdi’s Requiem with Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra and Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. As a baritone his opera roles include Junius (The Rape of Lucretia), Mr Gedge (Albert Herring) and Marcello (La bohème). He has sung in recital at the Wigmore Hall.

David decided to change to tenor after performing at Glyndebourne Festival in 2010. He returned to the opera festival as a Jerwood Young Artist in 2011, winning the John Christie Award, and made his tenor debut the same year as Rodolfo (La bohème) for Glyndebourne on Tour.

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News and features

2013/14 Review: Reflecting on a Season of highlights and artistic dreams realized for Jette Parker Young Artists

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.

Young Artist profile: David Butt Philip

Young Artist profile: David Butt Philip

11 April 2014

The British tenor on swapping rock and drum and bass for a career as an opera singer.

Photos

David Butt Philip as Pang in Turandot © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

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 © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Dušica Bijelić as Despina and David Butt Philip as Ferrando in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

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 © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

David Butt Philip as Ferrando, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Michel de Souza as Guglielmo in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Kiandra Howarth as Fiodiligi, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

David Butt Philip in Così fan tutte in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

David Butt Philip as Ferrando in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

David Butt Philip as Abdallo and Leo Nucci as Nabucco © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

David Butt Philip performing at Big Sing Friday © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke 2014

David Butt Philip as Prunier, Dušica Bijelić as Lisette, Susana Gaspar as Magda and Pablo Bemsch as Ruggero in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

David Butt Philip as Prunier, Dušica Bijelić as Lisette, Susana Gaspar as Magda and Pablo Bemsch as Ruggero in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

David Butt Philip as Prunier and Dušica Bijelic as Lisette in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Dionysios Sourbis as Ping, David Butt Philip as Pang and Doug Jones as Pong © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

David Butt Philip in Turandot, The Royal Opera ©Tristram Kenton, 2013

David Butt Philip