Simon Phillippo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio. He was a prize-winning finalist in the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition. Opera engagements include conducting Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, Chorus!, Madam Butterfly, La bohème, The Elixir of Love, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il trovatore, The Cunning Little Vixen and La traviata, Chorus Master for the first staging in the UK of Handel’s Jephtha, and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice (WNO); Madam Butterfly and Tosca with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall; Don Giovanni, Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Tosca and La Cenerentola as Music Director of Opera Brava; La traviata on an extensive tour of the Middle and Far East with Opera and Concert Productions Worldwide. He has also worked with Opera Europa, Opera Holland Park and European Chamber Opera. In concert he has led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, WNO Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, and the Helios Orchestra, of which he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.