Philip Blake-Jones studied singing with Joy Mammen at the Royal Academy of Music, and privately with Barbara Robotham, Joy Mammen, David Polloard, David Keren, Iris dell’ Acqua, Anthea Moller, Laura Sarti and Jeffery Talbot.
He made his solo debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and has also appeared with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Kent Opera, Pavilion Opera and at the Buxton Opera Festival. He appeared on two national tours with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company singing Strephon in Iolanthe, a role he also recorded with the company with critical acclaim. He also appears on Sony Classical’s The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan. His concert appearances include singing the baritone solo in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah in Florence and at the Pisa Opera House, Operetta Galas with the soprano Marilyn Hill-Smith, with the City of London Sinfonia in Hamburg in a concert for the annual British Day for an audience of 5,000 and in an Opera Gala at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Philip Blake-Jones is the Artistic Director and founder of Opera Interludes and London Festival Opera.
The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and Gilbert & Sullivan
Philip Blake-Jones performed as a principal soloist on two national tours with the D’Oyly Carte Opera company singing Giuseppe (The Gondoliers) and Strephon (Iolanthe) which he also recorded with the company to critical acclaim. Philip also sang Lord Mountarat (Iolanthe) at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate and Strephon with the Carl Rosa Opera Company.
As a writer he has written articles on music for Opera Now Magazine, and Wiltshire Life and his play with opera was premiered at the Celebrate Voice Festival in 2021.
‘Blake-Jones’s forthright-sounding virile Strephon’
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‘Philip Blake-Jones looked and sounded handsome as Strephon’
‘Elizabeth Woollett and Philip Blake-Jones are particularly engaging in their Act 1 Duet ‘None shall part us’
‘Strephon’s political song ‘Fold your flapping wings’ is excellently delivered by Philip Bake-Jones’
Picture: Rehearsal for Recital at the Ca Rezzonico, in Venice