- Resident Artists
Philip Webb - Calaf
Previously at Portland Opera: Aida, 2008; Norma, 2007Philip Webb is an American tenor who has received critical acclaim after launching his career in operatic and classical music. In 1993, after nearly twelve years as a church music minister, Webb was encouraged by the renowned bass Giorgio Tozzi to pursue a career in opera. He immediately embarked on an intensive program of studies and training. In the fall of 1993 he began studying vocal technique with one of the best-known vocal teachers of her day, Margaret Harshaw, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera and the Indiana School of Music. In 2001 he began a series of studies with the internationally acclaimed Verdian tenor Carlo Bergonzi. Philip continues his vocal studies with the renown voice teacher Seth Riggs of Los Angeles. Seth has become well known for his vocal technique, especially in the area of pop music. However, Seth's roots are in operatic singing and his teaching has been very influential in Philip's career and he continues to be involved in all of his future role preparations.
In January of 1994, he witnessed his first professional opera production, 'Norma', performed by Virginia Opera. This was also, in effect, his first professional assignment, as he covered the role of Pollione. In the summer of 1994 he sang his first operatic role as Cavaradossi in a summer production of Tosca at the University of Chicago. He sang his first lead role with a major company in 1996, Edgardo with Virginia Opera. Since that time, his vocal achievements have accelerated as he has performed in major theaters across the world.
Philip Webb came to an operatic career late in life and as a result his voice is refreshingly new and strong. After beginning his career in primarily lyric roles, he has branched out to the lyric spinto roles and established himself as a unique performer of the more dramatic Verdi roles. Philip's short career has encompassed a wide spectrum of roles and their interpretations.