One-time zoologist and National Otter Surveyor of England, Philip Smith hung up his waders to study singing, first at the Birmingham Conservatoire and then with Barbara Robotham at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with distinction in 2008. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme alumnus, Samling Artist and Crear Scholar. He continues to study with Robert Dean.
Recent highlights include Endymion/Charon Orpheus for the Royal Opera House at The Globe, Sid Albert Herring for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Witness 6 Icarus at the Montepulciano Festival, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice (André Tchaikowsky) for the Polish National Opera.
In concert, Philip has performed with orchestras including the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10, Manchester Camerata and the Northern Sinfonia with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Clark Rundell, David Hill and Nicholas Kraemer.
In the current season, he performs Der Sprecher Die Zauberflöte for Opera di Firenze, Verdi Requiem at Sage Gateshead, Handel Messiah with Leeds Philharmonic Society, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony with Ripon Choral Society and a recital for Leeds Lieder. He also covers Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice for Welsh National Opera.