Phil Gault

Samling Artist Programme: 2008

Welsh baritone Phil Gault studied at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Alan Watt before studying privately with Patricia MacMahon and Paul Farrington. He has performed with Scottish Opera, notably in their critically acclaimed Five:15 and forthcoming SensoryO and BabyO productions, Buxton Festival Opera, and Northampton Festival Opera, is principal baritone for Opera on a Shoestring, founded Black Sheep Opera, and is a Samling Artist and a Crear scholar. Roles include Macbeth, King Roger, Nabucco, Il Conte (Nozze di Figaro), Tarquinius, Dandini, Junius, Nick Shadow, Escamillo, Morales, El Dancaïro, and Chao Lin (A Night at the Chinese Opera).

Phil has performed in the Usher Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Riverfront Centre and Paxton House, and is an aLuMNus of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme. His song repertory includes Dichterliebe, Chansons Gaillardes, Songs of Travel, Italienisches Liederbuch, and A Shropshire Lad, and his oratorio repertoire ranges from Carmina Burana and A Sea Symphony to the Bach Passions and cantatas, in venues from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Usher Hall, to the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.

Recordings include a CD of Philip Wilby’s music for Naxos with the Black Dyke Band, Wilby’s Bronte Mass with Black Dyke and the London Bach Choir under David Hill, Caldwell for Guild records, and a CD by the Scottish composer Robin Downie. TV includes live broadcast recordings of the title roles in the award-nominated Macbeth and Barbwr Sefil with Opra Cymru