Philip Doghan

BA, Hon ARAM (Oratorio)

Royal Academy Opera - Professor of Singing
Vocal - Singing

Philip Doghan’s operatic and concert career has encompassed virtually the entire range of the tenor repertoire: over 140 different operatic roles performed in over 62 different opera houses on the international stage.

Philip’s career began in 1961 at Covent Garden, as a Fairy in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The following year, he created the role of ‘Paris as a boy’ in the world premiere of Tippett’s King Priam at the Coventry Festival and Covent Garden.

He studied Music at Durham University under the legendary Arthur Hutchings, and voice with Rupert Bruce-Lockhart and Luigi Ricci in Rome. He spent three seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays such as As You Like It and Murder in the Cathedral, with music specially composed for him.

Philip was also a professional keyboard player and was engaged to play the harpsichord for Henze’s The Bassarids at ENO, and as Musical Director and actor for the Young Vic.

From 1975, he sang for the Glyndebourne Chorus, English Opera Group, English Music Theatre and, among other things, was engaged by the Comedie Franҫaise.

In 1980, he won the Premier Grand Prix at the Toulouse International Singing Competition, which launched his solo career in Europe, the US and Japan.

He performed a great deal of the classical repertoire: Mozart, Haydn, Cimarosa, Rossini, Bizet and Monteverdi. In France he sang at The Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opera du Rhin, Bordeaux, Tours, Rennes, Metz, Rouen and in frequent concerts for Radio France. In Italy he sang at Teatro La Fenice, Rome Opera, Florence, Pisa and Palermo. In the UK he sang for numerous companies including The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Garsington and ENO.

He sang at least 15 world premieres and many 20th-century works, and appeared in several films for television, including Le Fou (Landowski) and Tiens, Bonne L’Escarpolette (Damase), as well as Birtwistle’s Yan Tan Tethera and Tippett’s The Knot Garden, both for Channel Four. Ballet included Stravinsky’s Renard and Britten’s Les Illuminations, and he sang as tenor soloist for the Alvin Ailey dance company in Revelations.

In 1991 Philip was awarded the John McCormack medal in Dublin for his services to singing. In 1996, while on contract with Cologne Opera, he sustained severe damage from a fall into the pit and it took an operation, eight months of physio and three years of intense Pilates to return to the stage. He then debuted in the Aix and Salzburg festivals and the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples. He then sang Von Aschenbach in Death in Venice in Lubeck and Florence, and Lohengrin in Los Angeles.

Since 2004, Philip has taught in Zurich, Copenhagen, Cologne and at the Royal Academy, where he has also taught the German repertoire and oratorio classes.

His fluency in French and German make him much sought after as a coach. 


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