PHILIP SKINNER – bassbaritone

Bass-baritone Philip Skinner has proven himself a highly versatile artist both dramatically and vocally.  He has had great success singing roles ranging from the standard bass repertoire such as King Philip DON CARLO, to Jokanaan SALOME and Escamillo CARMEN in the helden and dramatic baritone repertoire. 

In San Francisco Opera’s 2007-08 season he performed the role of Edgar Ray Killen in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ APPOMATTOX, as well as the Speaker in DIE ZAUBERFLUTE and Rambaldo in LA RONDINE.  He spent the 2009 summer covering the RHEINGOLD and WALKURE Wotans and the Wanderer in SIEGFRIED for the Seattle Ring Cycle.  Since then, he has performed Crespel and Luther in LES CONTE D’HOFFMANN with Opera Colorado and Florida Grand Opera, Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Festival Opera, the Doctor in WOZZECK with Ensemble Parallele and the Astoria Music Festival (Oregon), the Duke in ROMEO ET JULIETTE with San Diego Opera, Doc Gibbs in Opera Idaho’s OUR TOWN, the Poet and the Judge in Philip Glass’ ORPHEE with Ensemble Parallele, covered La Roche in Capriccio at the Metropolitan Opera, and he sang the Speaker with Seattle Opera.  Highlights of other recent seasons include Ratcliffe BILLY BUDD with Pittsburgh Opera, Abimilech SAMSON with San Diego Opera, the First Soldier SALOME with the National Symphony Orchestra, La Roche CAPRICCIO and Zuniga CARMEN at New York City Opera, Thibaut JOAN OF ARC in San Francisco, Olin Blitch SUSANNAH in Bergen, Norway, King Philip in Dijon, France, Escamillo with Seattle Opera, and Jochanaan with Atlanta Opera.  Since 1995 he has been a regular guest with Opera de Nantes performing roles such as Il Conte LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, King Philip, La Roche, and Hagen GOTTERDAMMERUNG.  He has sung Theseus in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Basilio IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Washington National Opera and Minnesota Opera, and Ramfis AIDA at the Hollywood Bowl.

Recent engagements include the world premier of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene in San Francisco and a return to the MET for cover Wotan in the Lepage Ring Cycle as well as Iago in Verdi’s Otello with Festival Opera and a debut with the Metropolitan as the Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites.

His long association with San Francisco Opera began in 1985 and he has over 375 performances in 54 productions there including the Water Gnome RUSALKA, Mephistopheles FAUST, Escamillo, Ferrando IL TROVATORE, Colline LA BOHEME, and Lorenzo I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI.   Other roles include King Philip with Portland Opera, Colline and Ferrando with Dallas Opera, Timur TURANDOT, Banquo MACBETH and Ferrando with Atlanta Opera, and he has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Los Angeles Opera.  His international credits include Monterone RIGOLETTO with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Four Villains LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne, the Speaker with Vancouver Opera, and First Soldier SALOME with Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels. He also successfully performed with the Houston Grand Opera as Figaro LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and the Four Villains, as well as appearances with the opera companies of Louisville, Toronto, Edmonton, and Massy, France.

Equally prolific in the concert hall, Philip Skinner has performed the Verdi MESSA DI REQUIEM at Carnegie Hall with the Masterworks Chorale and in Europe with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra.  He sang Beethoven's SYMPHONY NO.9 at the Hollywood Bowl and with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Skinner sang the Beethoven MISSA SOLEMNIS  with Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony, the LORD NELSON MASS at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and Handel's MESSIAH, Mozart's REQUIEM, Haydn CREATION and other concert pieces with the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Minnesota Orchestra, and San Jose Symphony, among others.  He can be seen on DVD in San Francisco Opera’s L’AFRICAINE, in Seattle Opera's WAR AND PEACE, in Canadian Opera's TOSCA, and heard on the Spoleto Festival's recording of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.  A Schwabacher Debut Recitalist and former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, Skinner was also the recipient of a London/Sullivan grant.  A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master's degree and the prestigious Performance Certificate from Indiana University.