British tenor Philip Sheffield studied at The University of Cambridge, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music before making his professional debut in L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels.
Sheffield has performed over 70 roles world-wide at venues including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Nederlandse Opera, Vlaamse Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Teatro San Carlos, Teatro Colon, Staatsteater Saarbrücken, Opera du Rhin (Strasbourg), Opéra Comique (Paris), Opera de Nantes, München Biennale and the Savonlinna Festival in Finland.
Recent performances include Tom Rakewell in Robert Lapage’s new production of THE RAKE’S PROGRESS at La Monnaie, CANDIDE at La Scala, The Prince in DAS MÄRCHEN at the Teatro San Carlos, Lisbon, Edward IV in Giorgio Batistelli’s RICHARD III (production Robert Carsen) in Strasbourg as well as for the Vlaamse Opera, Cerevin in HOUSE OF THE DEAD, in Strasbourg, the world Premiere of CLAUDE by Thierry Escaich in Lyon, Jacob Shmidt in RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY in Athens, Rev. Horace Adams in PETER GRIMES in Oviedo and for The Vlaamse Opera (production by David Alden), Tichon in KATYA KABANOVA at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, and The King and other roles in Robert Carsen’s famous production of CANDIDE in Osaka and Tokyo. Operatic concert performances include Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS at The Royal Concertgebouw and the Flagey, Brussels.
As a concert artist Sheffied appears regularly in international concert halls including the Royal Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, De Singel, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), and London’s Barbican and Royal Albert Hall. He is a highly sought-after Evangelist and has performed Bach’s St John Passion on tour with Paul Dombrecht and the orchestra Il Fondamento, as well as Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in Florence, Siena and Perugia with the Orchestra della Toscana. A leading interpreter of Britten’s music, his particular affection for the War Requiem includes a special performance to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2 at the Berlin Philharmonie. Further Britten concert engagements have included the Serenade for tenor horn and strings at the Royal Concertgebouw, and Nocturne at the Berlin Philharmonie.
In the field of contemporay music, Sheffield has been engaged for many world premieres with leading contemporary ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He has created roles with prominent composers including Alexander Goehr, Nicola Lefanu, Michael Berkeley, Elena Firsova, Hans-Jürgen von Bose, Ben Mason, and Jonathan Dove for who he performed the leading tenor role in Dove’s opera KWASI AND KWAME for OT Rotterdam.
Future plans include Edward IV in RICHARD III at La Fenice, and Rev. Horace Adams in PETER GRIMES with Oper Köln.