Hailed by Opera News for a “theatrical intensity [that] was harmonized by sheer vocal beauty” in his first performances of Orest in Elektra, in the 2023/24 season Philip Horst returns to the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Dead Man Walking, and joins Eugene Symphony for Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde. He sang further performances of Pasko in The Wreckers, after making his his Glyndebourne Opera and BBC Proms debuts in the same role, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Die Zauberflötej and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Mr. Horst sang Redburn in Billy Budd with San Francisco Opera, the Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann in his debut with Ópera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, and returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Die Walküre. He also recently joined San Francisco Opera as the Game Keeper in Rusalka, in addition to joining them for their productions of Tosca and Arabella, returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the Tutor, while also being responsible for Orest in Elektra, and to the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. He joined both the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Panthée in Les Troyens and for Das Rheingold, the Orlando Philharmonic for Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, and San Francisco Opera for Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, while also being responsible for Hans Sachs.
On the concert stage, he joined the American Symphony Orchestra for Spohr’s Die letzten Dinge, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Musik Für die Toten der Cholera-Epidemie, and the Father in Dessau’s Hagadah shel Pessach; Honolulu Symphony for Beethoven’s Mass in C; San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas in Copland’s arrangement of “Golden Willow Tree” from Old American Songs; and the Cincinnati May Festival for Ebed Melech in Weill’s The Prophets under the baton of James Conlon. He has also twice joined the New York City Ballet for performances of Bernstein’s Dybbuk. Additional concert engagements have included Mozart’s Requiem with the Detroit Oratorio Society, Handel’s Messiah with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a Viennese New Year’s Eve concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Berlioz’ Messe Solennelle with the Northern Kentucky Symphony.
Mr. Horst was the first prize-winner of the Wagner division of the Liederkranz Competition and the second prize winner in the Wagner division of the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, both in 2011. Additionally, he is a former winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recipient of the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists. He is a former Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, where he received the Shouse Career Grant, as well as San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowshop, Merola Opera Program, and Western Opera Theater tour. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Goshen College.
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