Ariën Artists - Philip Sheffield_ Biography











Most recent and forthcoming engagements  for the British Tenor Philip Sheffield from 2016 to 2020 include Loge  Das Rheingold  for Grimeborne, Rev Horace Adams in Peter Grimes for Koln Opera and Opera de Monte Carlo, Edward IV in Richard III  at Teatro La Fenice, Snout in Midsummer Nights Dream in Japan (Hyogo), Maler / Neger  in Lulu  ENO, Harry in Fanciuilla del West  ENO, Fireman in Between Worlds ENO.


Autumn 2020 the artist will make his debut as Zivny in Fate (original title : "Osud", which is undeniable one of Leos Janacek's most poignant operas. An eventful new production at the International Janacek Festival in Brno, directed by Robert Carsen who's worldwide acclaimed for his legendary productions of the operas by Leos Janacek.


include singing the role of Pélleas  in Pelléas et Mélisande under George Prêtrein Paris, Tom Rakewell in The Rakes Progress at La Monnaie in Brussels, Tichon in Katya Kabanova at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Male Chorus in The rape of Lucretia at Savonlinna Opera Festival, Don Ottavio  in Don Giovanni  at the Opera Comique, Orlando in Orlando Palladino under Ryo Tekerado in Tokyo.

Philip is a graduate of Trinity College Cambridge and continued vocal studies at the Guildhall in London followed by the Opera School at the Royal College of Music. He made his professional opera debut In l’incoronazione di Poppea with Roger Norrington at the Proms in London which led to his European debut at la Monnaie in Brussels in the same opera. Engagements followed all over the world with appearances in lyric roles such as  Lensky, Tamino, Ferrando, Don Ottavio, Grimoaldo.

In the last ten years he has moved more into the character tenor repertoire with roles such as Tichon, Loge, Rev Adams, Maler, Dr Cauis , Don Basilio, Valzacchi. A hugely experienced actor he brings great charisma to his performances.

Philip Sheffield is extremely experienced in performing contemporary operas and he has performed in many world premieres including the role of Alonso  in Tom Ades' opera The Tempest, Edward IV in Giorgio Battistelli’s Richard III, Terry Bond in Ben Mason’s Playing Away, Harry in Michael Berkeley's Baa Baa Black Sheep amongst others.

On the concert platform he has performed at all the major UK concert Halls and many European prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie - Britten War Requiem - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam - Sieben Todes Sunden  - Vienna KonzertHaus - Johannes Passion . He is particularly associated with the works of Benjamin Britten.

Philip has been privileged to work with many internationally renowned directorsand conductors including Olivier Pi, David Alden, Robert Carsen, David Pountney, Waut Koeken, Kazushi Ono, Mark Elder, Marcus Stenz, Paul Daniel, David Parry, Enrique Mazzola, Marko Letonja and Stuart Stratford.


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