Conductor The Magic Flute
Simon Phillippo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the National Opera Studio. He was a finalist in the 2009 Leeds Conductors’ Competition. For Welsh National Opera his conducting engagements include Rigoletto, Madam Butterfly, La boheme, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Cunning Little Vixen, La traviata and Nabucco; and he was Chorus Master for the first staging of Handel’s Jephtha and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice. Other opera engagements include 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. He has also worked with Opera Europa, Opera Holland Park and European Chamber Opera. In concert he has led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestras of WNO and Opera North, Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Helios Orchestra, of which he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Simon has presented talks for BBC Radio 3, and at Liverpool Hope University and Rose Bruford College. He is Associate Lecturer at Cardiff University and an authority on British composer Robert Simpson, contributing three chapters to a major symposium published in 2013.