Phil Skinner


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 the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) and Scarpia (Tosca) in the helden and dramatic baritone repertoire.  He is currently at the Met covering Carbon in Cyrano di Bergerac.  In 2015, Skinner appeared in leading roles in two world premiere operas.  First, he portrayed Fray Luis in Lisa Scola Prosek’s The Lariat (Winner of the NY Center for Contemporary Opera “Atelier” Award) in San Francisco.  Next, he was Casaubon in Allen Shearer’s Middlemarch in Spring (Composers, Inc./Operasmiths) also in San Francisco.

In 2013, Skinner’s engagements included singing the Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Metropolitan Opera and covering Klingsor in Parsifal (also at the Met), as well as singing Wotan/Gunther in the “Mini-Ring” with Minnesota Concert Opera, Iago in Otello with Festival Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with West Bay Opera, and the Doctor in Vanessa with West Edge Opera.

2016 saw Skinner busy once again and his appearances included Eric Gold/Ghost of Bazzetti in the west coast premiere of Heggie’s Great Scott with San Diego Opera, the Forester in Cunning Little Vixen with West Edge Opera, the title role in Der fliegende Holländer (role debut) with LVO, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Madison Opera, and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd with Fresno and Townsend Opera.  He also performed the baritone solos in Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpugisnacht with Chora Nova in Berkeley and the baritone solos in Rachmaninoff’s Choral Symphony The Bells with the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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 The Magic Flute and Rambaldo in La Rondine.

His long association with San Francisco Opera began in 1985 and he has over 380 performances in 55 productions there including the Water Gnome Rusalka, Mephistopheles Faust, Escamillo, Ferrando Il Trovatore, Colline, 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 Rigotetto 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 Marriage of Figaro and the Four Villains, as well as appearances with the opera companies of Louisville, Toronto, Vancouver, 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. He was a Schwabacher Debut Recitalist and former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera.  A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master’s degree and the prestigious Performance Certificate from Indiana University.


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