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 taking private lessons with Patricia MacMahon. He has performed with various opera companies and choirs throughout the UK, including Scottish Opera, Northampton Festival Opera, Naked Opera and Cappella Nova, is principal baritone for Opera on a Shoestring, and has taken part in Masterclasses and concerts with the prestigious Samling Foundation under Paul Farringdon, Amanda Roocroft and Malcolm Martineau. In February and March he will be appearing in Scottish Opera’s sell-out performances of Five:15, and in July will be performing in the Buxton Festival.
He is in demand as a recitalist, with performances in the Wales Millennium Centre, the Riverfront Centre, Glamis castle, Oban, Paxton House Summer Music, Mid-Argyll and Upper Deeside Music Societies, and is a member of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme. His repertoire includes Dichterliebe, Chansons Gaillardes, Songs of Travel, Italienisches Liederbuch, and A Shropshire Lad, and his oratorio work includes Carmina Burana, A Sea Symphony, The Apostles (Jesus) and Ich habe Genug. He has recorded a CD of Philip Wilby’s music for Naxos records with the Black Dyke Band, of Caldwell for Guild records and a CD by the Scottish composer Robin Downie.
Operatic rôles include Nabucco, Dandini, Tarquinius, Junius, Nick Shadow, Il Conte (Nozze di Figaro), Chao Lin (A Night at the Chinese Opera)Declan (The Imposter, or, Tartuffe in Ulster, a new opera based on the music of Weill), Thesée (Hippolyte et Arice), Escamillo, Morales, El Dancaïro, and Jesus (Good Friday).