London Festival Opera is under the artistic direction of a professional opera singer. Following a successful solo career with the major British companies, the baritone Philip Blake-Jones founded London Festival Opera in 1989. Based in the UK but performing internationally, our singers have appeared for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. Recent engagements have been in London, Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Brussels, Monte Carlo, Marrakech, Mumbai, Barbados and Hong Kong.
Engagements have included a private performance in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, charity performances for the Presidents of France and Malta, for the Prime Minster at 10 Downing Street, the Ambassador at the British Embassy in Paris, and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice during the Carnival Celebrations. London Festival Opera’s track record says it all: with over 30 years’ experience the company is established as the market leader in providing live opera of the highest calibre.
PHILIP BLAKE-JONES (Artistic Director)
Philip Blake-Jones studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. He made his solo debut as an opera singer with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and has also appeared with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Kent Opera, Pavilion Opera and at the Buxton Opera Festival. He has appeared as Giuseppe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and also on two national tours with the D’Oyly Carte singing Strephon in Iolanthe (a role he also recorded with the company with critical acclaim). Philip Blake-Jones is the Artistic Director and founder of London Festival Opera.
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