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David Butt Philip

Jette Parker Young Artist


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.

Upcoming productions

  • La traviata

    Cast as Gastone de Letorières

    Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.

  • Dialogues des Carmélites

    Cast as First Commissary

    Robert Carsen’s award-winning production of Poulenc’s sublime opera is set during the violent upheaval of the French Revolution.

  • Ariadne auf Naxos

    Cast as Officer

    Grand passions and comedy collide with wonderful effect in Christof Loy’s production of Strauss’s dazzling opera.

  • JPYA Summer Performance

    Cast as Ferrando (Così fan tutte)

    The Royal Opera’s stars of tomorrow take to the main stage in a showcase performance, the culmination of all their hard work over the Season.


Turandot: Ping, Pong and Pang (The Royal Opera)

News and features

  1. Young Artist profile: David Butt Philip

    Young Artist profile: David Butt Philip

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