David Butt Phillip


British tenor David Butt Philip is an alumnus of the Jette Parker Young Artists Program, Royal Opera House. In 2014, shortly after leaving the program he made a hugely acclaimed English National Opera debut as Rodolfo La bohème. Recent debuts as Erik Der fliegende Hollander, Froh Das Rheingold and Grigoriy Boris Godunov have attracted serious attention and have established him as one of the exciting young helden tenors Britain has to offer today. 

In the 2017/18 season, Butt Philip makes his company debut with Teatro Real as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Gloriana as well as taking on the title role of Brett Dean’s Hamlet with Glyndebourne on Tour. Other highlights include Falco in Mascagni’s Isabeau at Opera Holland Park and Narraboth Salome at Royal Opera House. On the concert platform, Butt Philip sings Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, Verdi’s Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem with Opera Orchestra National Montpellier and Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, Brett Dean’s From Melodius Lay with Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Prokofiev’s Seven, they are seven with the Philharmonia under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. He also makes his role debut as Faust La damnation de Faust in a concert performance with the Orchestra of Opera North. 

Last season, Butt Philip returned to Opera North to sing the role of Luigi Il Tabarro, and made debuts as Erik Die Fliegende Hollander at Opéra de Lille and Laertes in the premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Concert engagements included Froh Das Rheingold with the Hallé Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival, Beethoven 9 with both the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Tonnkünstler Orchestra at Musikverein Vienna, Handel’s Messiah with the Mozart Festival Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Prokofiev’s Seven, they are seven with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms. 

Recent engagements include include Rodolfo La bohème with Glyndebourne on Tour and English Touring Opera and Don José Carmen at Nevill Holt Opera. During his time as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House he appeared in productions of Nabucco, Die Zauberflöte, Gloriana, Turandot, Parsifal, La Traviata, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Dialogues des Carmélites and Ariadne auf Naxos. 

On the concert platform he performed in Mahler Das Klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle at 

the Barbican, Haydn Nelson Mass with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder, Britten Folk Songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recitals at the Wigmore Hall with Simon Lane and the Solstice Quartet. 

Butt Philip was born and brought up in Wells in Somerset and was a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He is a graduate of Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and the National Opera Studio and also a Samling Artist, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and winner of the prestigious John Christie Award in 2011. 

David Butt Philip is represented by Intermusica worldwide.