'Jacob Phillips’ Schicchi was at the center of the show, and demonstrated impeccable technique alongside impressive dramatic range. He’s slick and oily, with the hint of the playboy, and does Buoso’s voice to hilarious pantomime effect. He felt ruthless enough to defraud the dead, and charming enough to plead extenuating circumstances in the coda, bust of Dante in hand – a sharply-drawn and impressively crafted portrait.'
Benjamin Poore - OPERAWIRE
Royal Academy Opera - Gianni Schicchi 2021
Jacob Phillips as the YA Count also impressed. The steadfastness in Philips’s beautiful rich baritone is still running through me today at my time of writing.
Karine Hetherington - ARTMUSELONDON
Opera Holland Park - Le Nozze di Figaro 2021
Jacob Phillips is currently on the Royal Academy Opera course studying under the guidance of Professor Mark Wildman and Ingrid Surgenor. He is generously supported by Help Musicians and The Countess of Munster. Jacob is the 2016 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary award.
Jacob’s operatic highlights include the role of Count Almaviva for Opera Holland Park's Le Nozze di Figaro (2021) and the title role in Gianni Schicchi for Royal Academy Opera. His roles also include Guglielmo and the title role in Don Giovanni with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra. Jacob recently performed Mozart opera extracts as part of a Women's conducting showcase at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Linbury Theatre).
Highlights as a soloist include, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in King’s College, Cambridge, and a BBC Guernsey broadcast of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, on Christmas Day 2018.
Upcoming highlights for RAO include Marcello in Act 1 of Puccini's La Boheme, Perückenmacher in Strauss's Ariadne Auf Naxos (Prologue) and the creation of the role 'Troll' in Freya Waley Cohen's WITCH.