About Philippa

Winner of the 1st Prize in the 2013 Emmy Destinn Awards and semi-finalist in the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, soprano Philippa Boyle trained at il Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome with Elvira Spica de Masi and David Ciavarella, graduating with full marks and distinction. She then attended the Opera Studio at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where she studied bel canto with Renata Scotto. 


Prior to studying in Italy, Philippa was a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, where she read Classics.  With the choir she toured Japan, Hong Kong, the USA and all over Europe and is a soloist on several of their recordings.  She has also performed as a soloist under conductors including Ivor Bolton, John Rutter and Sir David Willcocks.  Philippa sang Filia in Carissimi's Jephthe in the Munich Opera Festival and Innsbruck Festwochen der Alten Musik under Ivor Bolton, and has also performed at Glyndebourne Festival, Wexford Festival, Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix en Provence, Beijing Music Festival and the Rome International Baroque Festival, and given recitals in Burma, Malaysia and Madeira.

Opera roles include Elisabetta di Valois (Verdi Don Carlo) for Fulham Opera), Elizabeth (Donizetti Maria Stuarda) for OperaUpClose,  the title role in Puccini's Tosca for King's Head Theatre (voted best Opera production, Offies 2018), Cathleen (Vaughan-Williams Riders to the Sea) for Wexford Festival Opera, cover Cockerel (Janacek Cunning Little Vixen) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera,  the title role in Danyal Dhondy's Shahrazad for Cantata Dramatica and Opera Vera, Alice Ford (Verdi Falstaff) for Woodhouse Opera, Donna Anna for Opus Opera, Giorgetta (Puccini Il Tabarro) for Opera Vera, Giunone (Cavalli La Calisto) for Hampstead Garden Opera; Dido (Purcell Dido and Aeneas) for Nightingale Opera.; Angelica (Handel Orlando) for Associazione OperaInCanto in Umbria; Giulia (Rossini La Scala di Seta), Creuse (Charpentier Médée) and Suor Genovieffa (Puccini Suor Angelica) at Conservatorio Santa Cecilia and Bastienne (Mozart Bastien und Bastienne) for Associazione A.B.I.L.I.S at Teatro Goldoni, Palazzo Altemps in Rome and Anne Trulove (Stravinsky The Rake's Progress) for Cambridge University Opera Society.  Other engagements include a recital of songs and arias composed during the Third Reich for The Mastersingers; an evening of staged excerpts from Schiller operas with The Faction at the Bunker Theatre.

A keen exponent of contemporary music, Philippa has premiered works for Oliver Brignall (Salome in Roles for MettaTheatre in residence at Victoria & Albert Museum), Danyal Dhondy (title role in Shahrazad, Opera Vera at Leighton House Museum), Dmitri Scarlato (Anna, La Tregua di Natale - UK premiere, Italian Cultural Institute, London), and Kim B Ashton: The Boy The Desert and the Forest (London premiere at Grimeborn Festival) and Tonseisha: The Man who Abandoned the World (world premiere) for Saltpeter Productions at Tete a Tete Festival.

Philippa enjoys a busy career as an oratorio soloist, and recent engagements include Elgar The Apostles in St Mary's High Pavement, Nottingham; Dvorak Te Deum in Nottingham Albert Hall;  Mendelssohn Elijah in Maidstone; Beethoven Missa Solemnis in Snape Maltings and St Albans Cathedral, Rachmaninov The Bells in Canterbury Cathedral, Messiah in York Minster and with Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada, Spain; Britten War Requiem in Oxford Town Hall and many performances of the Verdi Requiem: with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Leeds Town Hall; in Fulda Cathedral, Germany; in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford Blackheath Halls. Southwark Cathedral, Southwell Minster, and King's College, Cambridge.  

Current and future engagements include singing cover Angrboda/Thora/Goddess/Soprano 1 and Nanna/Embla/Soprano 2 in Gavin Higgins The Monstrous Child for ROH Linbury; Elizabeth (Donizetti Maria Stuarda) for OperaUpClose, the title roles in Kat'a Kabanova and Jenufa (concert performances) and Eva in die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, both for Fulham Opera; Verdi Requiem in Norwich, Beethoven 9th Symphony in Romsey Abbey, Bach St John Passion in York Minster, Rossini Stabat Mater and Mozart Mass in C Minor in Winchester, Mozart Requiem in St John's, Smith Square.



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