David Butt Philip was all set for a career as a baritone when he joined the Glyndebourne Chorus in 2010 and performed the role the Keeper of the Madhouse/The Rake’s Progress. However his remarkable transformation into a tenor led to him returning to Glyndebourne as a Jerwood Young Artist for the 2011 season, where he understudied the role of Vogelgesang/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, won the 2011 John Christie Award, and then made his tenor debut as Rodolfo/La Bohème for Glyndebourne’s 2011 Tour. In September 2012 David joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House where his roles in the 2012/13 season will include Bastien/Bastien und Bastienne, Master of Ceremonies/Robert le Diable, Abdallo/Nabucco, First Armed Man/Die Zauberflöte and Master of Ceremonies/Gloriana.
Concert performances include Verdi’s Requiem with Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi for Kingston Choral Society, and recitals at the Wigmore Hall with the Solstice Quartet and the pianist Simon Lane.
Past operatic roles as a baritone include Junius/The Rape of Lucretia and Boris/Paradise Moscow for Royal Academy Opera, Mr Gedge/Albert Herring for British Youth Opera and Marcello/La Bohème for Opera Up Close.
David was born and brought up in Wells in Somerset and began his musical training as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He trained as a baritone at the RNCM with Peter Wilson and on the postgraduate opera course at the RAM with Glenville Hargreaves. Awards include the John Cameron Prize for Lieder, the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, the Edwin Samuel Dove Prize for special merit during studentship and the Bruce Millar/Gulliver Prize. David was also a member of the RNCM University Challenge team in 2003 and a Samling Scholar in 2009. He went on to study at the National Opera Studio, where he was supported by the Glyndebourne New Generation Fund and a Sybil Tutton Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Since 2010 he has been studying privately with Ryland Davies.