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Philip Smith



Philip Smith in action.
Philip Smith in Orpheus © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

English baritone Philip Smith made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Endymion/Charon (Rossi’s Orpheus) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe.

Smith studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme alumnus, a Samling Artist and a Crear Scholar. Operatic engagements include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari, Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice) for Polish National Opera, Junius (The Rape of Lucretia) for Maggio Musicale and in Reggio Emilia and Ravenna, Sid (Albert Herring) for Royal Danish Opera, Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, Montepulciano. His other roles include Leone (Tamerlano), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Escamillo and Moralès (Carmen), Eugene Onegin, Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Ramiro (L’Heure espagnole) and Macheath (Die Dreigroschenoper).

His concert engagements include Carmina Burana at the Sage Gateshead and a live broadcast of Schumann songs with the Prince Consort from Wigmore Hall, as well performances with orchestras and ensembles including the Hallé Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10, Manchester Camerata and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He has worked on education and community outreach projects with Glyndebourne, Opera North, Leeds Lieder, Wigmore Hall and the Theatre Royal, Norwich.