Phil Wilcox


Performance CV

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My most recent engagements include playing the roles of Sir Thomas Bertram (Mansfield Park, Dove) for Waterperry Opera Festival, Ataliba (Alzira, Verdi) for Buxton Festival Opera and Count Almaviva in Merry Opera’s jazz production of The Marriage of Figaro. In April I sang in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York.

Born in Dorset, I attended the Thomas Hardye School where I began my vocal training and sang with the Chapel Choir. In 2008 I completed a BA (hons) Degree in Music Studies at Leeds College of Music where I studied singing with Christian Immler and Jane Anthony. I graduated with the Douglas Robinson Memorial Prize for Opera and continued to study with Paul Nilon at the start of my professional career.

In 2017 I graduated from a Master’s degree course at the Royal Academy of Music where I studied with Alex Ashworth and Audrey Hyland. During my time at the Academy I appeared as Kalenik in the RAOpera production of May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov), Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea (Handel, Semi-staged) Liberto (cover) in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Rambaldo in La Rondine (Puccini, scenes), Minskman in Flight (Dove, scenes), Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten, scenes) and Jonathan in Siren Song (Dove, scenes). A soloist and chorister for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, I also gave recitals at The Wigmore Hall and Marylebone Parish Church. I performed in a public masterclass with Dennis O’Neill; delivered education projects at Hackney Empire, RAM Museum and Glyndebourne; and was very proud to be a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle and grateful to be supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.

Since graduating from RAM, I am continuing to forge a career in operatic performance and have sung as a soloist for Buxton Festival Opera, Retrospect Opera, Merry Opera Company, XOGA, Opera on Location and Young Opera Venture. For a full list of credits please download my most recent performance CV above.

For the past decade I have appeared regularly as an oratorio soloist, recitalist and professional chorister up and down the country performing as soloist for works such as: Messiah (Handel); St Matthew, John and Luke Passions (Bach); Elijah (Mendelssohn); Carmina Burana (Orff); Stabat Mater (Dvořák) and Songs of Milarepa (Glass).

I’ve had the pleasure of being a Lay Clerk for the cathedrals of Bradford and Manchester and have performed with the BBC Singers. Education is very close to my heart and I have delivered education programmes for Opera North, Hull University, Leeds Lieder + and NHS training Academy. I also very much enjoy working with amateur musicians and have directed choirs for Leeds Beckett University, Music in Offices and Bradford Academy.

For a break from singing, I enjoy playing the piano accordion in ceilidh bands and at sessions and folk festivals throughout the UK and finding inspiration and refreshment through long walks in the country.

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