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David Butt Philip

Tenor

Biography

David Butt Philip in action.
David Butt Philip in Boris Godunov © ROH 2016. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

British tenor David Butt Philip was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2012–14, singing many roles including First Chevalier/Master of Ceremonies (Robert le diable), Abdallo (Nabucco), Pang (Turandot), First Knight (Parsifal), Apparition of a Youth (Die Frau ohne Schatten), First Commissary (Dialogues des Carmélites), Gastone de Letorières (La traviata) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte Act I, JPYAP summer performance). He sang Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne) in Meet the Young Artists Week 2012. Since leaving the Programme he has returned to sing Grigory Otrepiev (Boris Godunov) and Narraboth (Salome). He returns in the 2018/19 Season as Grigory Otrepiev.

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. He retrained as a tenor after performing for Glyndebourne Festival in 2010, and subsequently became a Jerwood Young Artist in 2011, winning the John Christie Award and singing Rodolfo (La bohème) for Glyndebourne on Tour. Since 2014 he has sung for companies including English National Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Teatro Real, Madrid and Deutsche Oper Berlin, his repertory including Froh (Das Rheingold), Rodolfo, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Luigi (Il tabarro), Laca (Jenufa), Folco (Isabeau), the title role of Der Zwerg, Robert Devereux (Gloriana) and Hamlet and Laertes (Brett Dean’s Hamlet).

Butt Philip’s concert performances include Dream of Gerontius with Mark Elder at the Bridgewater Hall, and at Vienna Musikverein, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem in Lisbon, Montpellier and for ENO, Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with the LPO under Vladimir Jurowski and a recital at the Wigmore Hall.

Videos

News and features

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

27 March 2015
International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists have been shortlisted.

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

19 July 2014
2013/14 Review: Reflecting on a Season of highlights and artistic dreams realized for Jette Parker Young Artists

Opera’s next stars will take to the stage on Sunday 20 July for annual JPYA Summer performance.

Young Artist profile: David Butt Philip

11 April 2014
Young Artist profile: David Butt Philip

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

Photos

David Butt Philip as Grigory Optrepiev and Matthew Rose as Pimen in Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

David Butt Philip as Grigory Optrepiev and Anne Marie Gibbons as Hostess of the Inn in Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

James Platt and David Butt Philip in Boris Godunov

David Butt Philip as Grigory Otrepiev in rehearsal for Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

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

Kiandra Howarth as Fiodiligi, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance

David Butt Philip as Prunier, Dušica Bijelić as Lisette, Susana Gaspar as Magda and Pablo Bemsch as Ruggero in the JPYA Summer Performance

David Butt Philip as Prunier and Dušica Bijelic as Lisette in the JPYA Summer Performance

David Butt Philip as Grigory Optrepiev in Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

David Butt Philip in Boris Godunov

David Butt Philip in Boris Godunov

David Butt Philip

David Butt Philip as Pang, Grant Doyle as Ping and Luis Gomes as Pong in Turandot

David Butt Philip as Pang, Grant Doyle as Ping and Luis Gomes as Pong in Turandot

Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Dušica Bijelić as Despina and David Butt Philip as Ferrando in the JPYA Summer Performance

David Butt Philip as Pang in Turandot

David Butt Philip as Grigory Optrepiev in Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

David Butt Philip as Grigory Optrepiev in Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

David Butt Philip as Ferrando, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Michel de Souza as Guglielmo 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 as Pang, Ailyn Perez as Liu and Luis Gomes as Pong in Turandot

Dionysios Sourbis as Ping, David Butt Philip as Pang and Doug Jones as Pong

David Butt Philip in Turandot, The Royal Opera

David Butt Philip as Abdallo and Leo Nucci as Nabucco

David Butt Philip as Prunier, Dušica Bijelić as Lisette, Susana Gaspar as Magda and Pablo Bemsch as Ruggero in the JPYA Summer Performance

Ain Anger and David Butt Philip in Boris Godunov

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

David Butt Philip performing at Big Sing Friday