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Philip Smith 

One time zoologist and National Otter Surveyor of England, Philip hung up his waders to study singing, first at the Birmingham Conservatoire and then at the Royal Northern College of Music.  He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme alumnus, Samling Artist and Crear Scholar.

Philip’s operatic work has seen him perform principal roles for the Royal Opera House at The Globe, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and Polish National Opera.  Other recent roles include Marcello La Bohème for Mid Wales Opera, Michele Il Tabarro with Mid Wales Opera, Rambaldo La Rondine for West Green House Opera, the title role Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro for Celebrate Voice Salisbury, Giorgio in the Italian premier of Sondheim’s musical Passion for the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte Montepulciano, Sharpless Madame Butterfly with Diva Opera and Figaro Barber of Seville with Opera Project at the Tabacco Factory Bristol.

In concert he has sung with some of the most respected choirs, orchestras and conductors in the UK and has been lucky enough to work with many of the most highly acclaimed pianists. His recordings include Britten Songs Volume 1 (Onyx Classics) and Vaughan Williams Fair Child of Beauty (Albion Records)

This season has included performances of Elijah in Buxton and Snape Maltings as well as the roles of Count Gil Il Segreto di Susanna and Rambaldo La Rondine as part of the IF Opera ensemble and his return to sing with Mid Wales Opera as the King in a new production of Puss in Boots by Montsalvatage this autumn and the role of Father Hansel and Gretel in the spring of 2023.

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