Steve Phillips graduated from postgraduate vocal study at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and sang for several companies including Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera and Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall before moving into full-time arts management at Opera North. During the 20/21 season Steve will be working with Welsh National Opera before returning to The Grange Festival as Company Manager in 2021. Since 2012 he has been General Manager of Oxenfoord International Summer School working alongside Artistic Director Malcolm Martineau.
During eight years at Opera North, Steve was Chorus Manager for over five years; taking choristers to Grimes on the Beach as part of Aldeburgh Festival’s 2013 Britten Centenary celebrations and Into the Woods, a 2016 co-production with Leeds Playhouse with all roles cast from within the ensemble. In addition to setting up the RNCM/Opera North Chorus Mentor Scheme, he sat on general auditions, chorister auditions, biennial vocal reviews and annual role and cover auditions. He also produced Opera North`s Whistle Stop Opera, a bite-sized, half-hour introduction to opera, touring the North of England and featuring as part of the BBC`s opera programming at the V&A and live-streamed via their nationwide #OperaPassion day. In 2018 he managed Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate tour to the Ravenna Festival, overseeing all guest artists, dancers, chorus, orchestra and technical departments and in 2019/20 worked across planning and casting in preparation for future seasons.
In a freelance capacity, Steve has produced for Charles Court Opera (Kings Head Theatre, Iford Festival and G&S International Festival) and launched the Leeds Lieder Young Artists programme across the 2018 & 2019 Festivals. He also delivers sessions for UK conservatoire students covering professional development, audition preparation and CV workshops for singers. With a long-standing passion for artist development, he continues to create opportunities for young artists at The Grange Festival and facilitates specialist coaching and role preparation at Oxenfoord International Summer School.