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David Butt Philip

Tenor

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 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.

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.

Videos

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