Philip Horst


The American bass-baritone returned to San Francisco Opera earlier this season in one of his Lyric roles, the Gamekeeper/Rusalka. He has previously been featured at San Francisco as Pantheus/Les Troyens, Fritz Kothner/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Leporello/Don Giovanni. Among his other major successes are performances at Seattle Opera (Scarpia/Tosca), London’s English National Opera (Don Pizarro/Fidelio), and Des Moines Metro Opera (Orest/Elektra). Important Metropolitan Opera credits include The Gambler (company debut), Francesca da Rimini, and The Nose, which he also sang in Aix-en-Provence. He has premiered roles in many productions – among them Tortsheiner/Ben Moore’s Enemies, A Love Story (Palm Beach Opera, world premiere), Lieutenant Horstmayer/Kevin Puts’s Silent Night (Wexford Opera Festival, European premiere), and Doctor/Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice (Washington National Opera, American premiere). His international presence extends from the New Israeli Opera (title role/Wozzeck) and Komische Oper Berlin (Tomsky/Pique Dame) to Theater St. Gallen and Oper Frankfurt (both as Mandryka/ Arabella). Horst is a past winner of the Liederkranz Competition’s Wagner division, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists.

Previously at Lyric: Orest’s Tutor/Elektra (2018/19); Pantheus/Les Troyens (2016/17); Count Capulet/Roméo et Juliette (2015/16); Gamekeeper/ Rusalka (2013/14).

Last updated: February 2, 2019