Philip Lima


Philip Lima’s performances regularly are marked by critical praise: “His singing was glorious” (The Boston Globe) – “vibrant baritone and a commanding presence” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) – “keen musicianship along with total dramatic intention.” (Opera News ONLINE).

He has sung a wide array of leading operatic roles including Johann Mattes, the protagonist in Weill’s monumental Die Bürgschaft at the international Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Germany; Trinity Moses in Opera Boston’s production of Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Cadmus in Handel’s

Semele under the direction of Christopher Hogwood for the Handel & Haydn Society; and both John Proctor in The Crucible and Alidoro in La Cenerentola at Lyric Opera Cleveland. For Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, he was featured in the title role of Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, as well as in the world premiere of JAZZ OPERA – Just Above My Head, based on James Baldwin’s last novel. He performed the Speaker in a live New England PBS broadcast of The Magic Flute; the world premiere of Vanqui by Leslie Burrs-John Williams with Opera Columbus; the High Priest in El Paso Opera’s production of Samson et Dalila; the title character in The Mikado with The Bostonians and Boston Academy of Music; Tonio in Pagliacci, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and

Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, all for Granite State Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Cape Cod Opera; and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with Boston’s Prism Opera.

In concert he has appeared as soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, major excerpts from Bernstein’s Mass, the requiems of both Brahms and Fauré, Dvorák’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with Boston Ballet, the U.S. premiere of

Mendelssohn’s Grosse Festmusik zum Dürerfest, Elijah, Carmina Burana, the Sea Symphony, Dona Nobis Pacem, and Five Mystical Songs of Vaughan Williams, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast which he sang in Boston with the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and in Korea with the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Philip Lima has been a guest artist with numerous organizations, including Amor Artis of New York; the Arcadia Players; Boston Ballet, Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Harvard University Collegium Musicum, and other leading ensembles throughout New England; Canterbury Choral Society (Oklahoma); the New Hampshire Music Festival; North Carolina’s Eastern Music Festival, Music for a Great Space, and Asheville Choral Society; Oklahoma City Philharmonic; Portland (Maine) Ballet; San Diego Chamber Orchestra; Winter Park (Florida) Bach Festival; and numerous orchestras across the United States, including those of Kalamazoo; Memphis; Champaign-Urbana, Peoria, and Rockford (Illinois); Monterey and Santa Rosa (California); Lancaster (Pennsylvania); Nashua (New Hampshire); New Bedford, Plymouth, the Pioneer Valley, and Springfield (Massachusetts); Richmond (Virginia); along with the San Diego Chamber Orcehstra.

As a solo recitalist, Mr. Lima debuted in Rome with a concert of spirituals in 2000, and has performed frequently at Boston’s historic Jordan Hall.  His performance of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Beverly Orlove was described by The Boston Phoenix as one of Boston’s “Unforgettable Classical Events of 2005.”

A native of New Bedford, MA, and an alumnus of Yale University, Mr. Lima studied at the Tanglewood Music Center and with Richard Conrad.  More information about Mr. Lima is available at