Philip Sheffield – Short Biography –

Well known for his superb acting and linguistic skills Philip’s career has taken him all over the world.

  • After 25 years as an opera singer he is now singing character/lyric roles such as Zivny ( Osud ), Tichon (Katya), Schoolmaster (Vixen), Basilio, Valzachi, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Boles or Adams in Peter Grimes, Gandhi in Satyagraha among others.
  • He is a renowned expert in Contemporary music and has been involved in many world creations including The Tempest by Thomas Ades at Covent Garden and the Opera du Rhin.
  • Highlights from 2017- 2021:
  • Two world premieres in Lyon (Claude) and in Luxembourg (Der Turm)
  • Four large Janacek roles – Zivny in Osud in Brno ( production Robert Carsen, Tichon in Katya Kabanova in Buenos Aires – Teatro Colon, Broucek in The Adventures of Mr. Broucek for Opera North, and Cerevin – in House of the Dead –
  • Between Worlds – ENO at the Barbican
  • Loge – Das Rheingold – Grimeborne
  • Snout – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Osaka
  • Performances all over the world – Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), La Scala, Osaka, English National Opera, Opera du Rhin, Vlaamse Opera, Oviedo Opera.
  • Recent well known directors he has worked with – Olivier Pi, David Alden, Robert Carsen, David Pountney, Wout Koeken, Deborah Warner
  • Recent Conductors – Kazushi Ono, Marl Elder, Paul Daniel, David Parry, Enrique Mazzola, Marko Letonja
  • Concerts at The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Concertgebouw and Berlin Philharmonie – Dream of Gerontius, Britten War Requiem, Bach Johannes Passion
  • 2022 – Tenor soloist in a new opera animation movie. Tenor soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Quartet singing On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
  • 2023 – La Fiera di Venezia ( Salieri ) – Bampton Classical opera  and performance of Winterreise in Slovakia and Belgium

Earlier career;

  • Educated Trinity College , Cambridge and post grad at Guildhall School of Music
  • Two years as a member of The Swingle Singers touring the world
  •  Opera School of Royal College of Music
  • Operatic Debut under Roger Norrington in Orfeo
  • Many lyric roles performed around Europe – Tamino, Belmonte, Ferrando, Tom Rakewell, Pelleas, many Britten roles.
  • As a specialist in contemporary music he performed leading roles in world premieres for Opera North, Le Chatelet, Opera Du Rhin, Vlaamse Opera, Rome Opera, Munchen Bienale , London Sinfonietta among others.
  • Career highpoints Singing Pelléas at the Opéra-Comique with George Prêtre and Tom Rakewell with Kazushi Ono at La Monnaie de Munt

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