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Philip Cutlip (Baritone)

Born: USA

The American baritone, Philip Cutlip, has garnered consistent critical acclaim for his performances in both North America and Europe. Established on both concert and opera stages, he has performed with a distinguished list of conductors that includes Nicholas McGegan, Yves Abel, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Gerard Schwarz, and Donald Runnicles.

Among Philip Cutlip's recent successes on the operatic stage are his critically acclaimed Glimmerglass Opera debut as the title role in Philip Glass's Orphée, his return to Seattle Opera to sing Marcello in La bohème, and his return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona to sing Mattieux in Andrea Chénier. He also recently appeared as Rodrigo in Don Carlo with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with both Austin Lyric Opera and Arizona Opera, and made his debut with Houston Grand Opera as Donald in Billy Budd. Throughout his career Philip Cutlip has portrayed many of opera's most well-known baritone roles including Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with New York City Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Seattle Opera, the title roles in both Don Giovanni and Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Birmingham, Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Fort Worth Opera, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Arizona Opera.

Philip Cutlip has also appeared as soloist with nearly every major North American orchestra. His extensive list of concert credits include performances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra. He has performed such works as J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with the Handel and Haydn Society under Grant Llewellyn, L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, Johannes Brahms's Requiem with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Haydn's The Seasons with Philadelphia Baroque. He also performed Handel arias written for Mantagnana with La Stagione Frankfurt ensemble as well as George Frideric Handel's Belshazzar at the Göttingen Festival in Germany.

A distinctive element in Philip Cutlip's career is his ongoing collaboration with well-established dance companies and avant-garde ensembles alike, starting with his first appearance with the New York City Ballet to perform songs by Charles Ives. He has toured internationally with the Hamburg Ballet singing Leonard Bernstein's Dances, and has appeared on European and American tours of Philip Glass's Les Enfants terribles, including the world premiere in Zug, Switzerland. His performance of the Glass work was released on Glass's Orange Mountain label. Philip Cutlip has appeared with the Mark Morris Dance Company in performances of Morris's popular fully-staged dance production of G.F. Handel's L'Allegro, il Pensoroso ed il Moderato at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, and at Cal Performances on the UC Berkeley campus.

Frequently heard in performances with New York Festival of Song, Philip Cutlip gave the world premiere of American Love Songs - a set of 10 commissioned pieces for vocal quartet - at the Tisch Center for the Arts and at the 92nd Street Y; appeared in a program of commissioned works at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; and also toured with NYFOS to Louisville for Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen.

Philip Cutlip's 2008-2009 season included the role of the Count in Utah Opera's Le nozze di Figaro; Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles with Opera Columbus; and Zoroastro in G.F. Handel's Orlando with Moscow State Philharmonic Society. He also appeared as soloist with Phoenix Symphony in Haydn's The Creation; with Nashville and Richmond symphonies in Messiah, also with San Diego Symphony, with which he sang Baroque concerts; in Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Choral Art Society of Portland (ME); in W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; in Gabriel Fauré's Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony; in L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Oregon Symphony; Dvorák's Te Deum and excerpts from his opera Jacobin with Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and with Frans Brüggen's Orchestra of the 18th Century at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, singing selected Bach cantatas. He returned again to the New York Festival of Song, and to Gran Teatre del Liceu to sing Mandarin in Turandot.

In 2009-2010 season Philip Cutlip reprises the title role in Philip Glass' Orphée in performances with Portland Opera; sings Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles with Minnesota Opera; Ariodate in Xerses (Serse) with Houston Grand Opera; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Jacksonville Opera Theatre; Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with Toledo Opera; Valentin in Faust with Washington Concert Opera; and as soloist in Messiah, and as featured soloist in a holiday concert, both with the Nashville Symphony.


Source: Herbert Barrett Management Website (October 2009)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Grant Llewellyn


BWV 248/1-3

Links to other Sites

Philip Cutlip: Herbert Barrett Management
Arches Unbound: Alumni Profile

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