Philip Sheffield

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    Philip Sheffield in Prova d'Orchestra (Seizoen 2005-2006)

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    Philip Sheffield in Richard III (Seizoen 2004-2005)


Philip Sheffield studied at Cambridge University and then the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music Opera Course before making his professional debut as a soloist in L’incoronazione di Poppea for the Brussels opera in the Théâtre de la Monnaie.
In April and May 2007 he sang Tom Rakewell in Robert Lapage's new production of The Rakes Progress at La Monnaie in Brussels. He  then made his La Scala, Milan debut in Robert Carsen’s controversial production of Candide. In the autumn he took the leading tenor role in Jonathan Dove’s new opera Kwasi and Kwame for OT Rotterdam. In December he sang Eisenstein in semi staged performances of Die Fledermaus at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Salle Flagey in Brussels with the Vlaamse Radio Orchestra. He also made a recording of The Lithurgy of Orpheus by Markopolous with Jose Van Dam and performed Haydn's Die Schöpfung in Firenze, Siena and Perugia with the Orchestra della Toscana.
2008 started with his debut in Lisbon at the Opera Sao Carlos singing The Prince - a leading role in Das Märchen by Emmanuel Nunes. He then appeared at Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam for more performances of Kwasi and Kwame by Jonathan Dove. Other operatic plans for 2008/2009 include his Japanese debut singing Orlando in Haydn’s Orlando in Tokyo, Alonso in Tom Ades’ The Tempest at The Concertgebouw and a return to the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg for Richard III by Batistelli. Operatic career highlights thus far have included singing the role of Tom Rakewell at La Monnaie, Pelleas at the Opera Comique in Paris conducted by Georges Prêtre, Don Ottavio with the acclaimed Mozartian conductor Leopold Hager, Alonso in Tom Ades’ new Opera The Tempest in Strasbourg and the lead role of Terry Bond in Playing Away for Opera North and The Munich Biennale conducted by Paul Daniel and directed by David Pountney.
He was a guest at Flanders Opera many times in e.g. Battistelli's Prova d'Orchestra, and as Edward IV/Richard III and as Tybalt/Roméo et Juliette and Dr. Cajus/Falstaff.

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