Philip Andrew Himebook is a Memphis based tenor, known for his work in both the opera and theatre stages of Memphis, TN. His introduction to opera came upon his enrollment at the University of Memphis in 2010, where he recently completed his Masters degree in Vocal Performance.
“With his powerful build and angel’s voice” (Chris Davis, Memphis Flyer), Philip first came to the public’s attention with his performance as Ubaldo Piangi in the University of Memphis production of The Phantom of the Opera. Afterwards, he went on to take center stage as Jean Valjean in two back-to-back productions of Les Misérables, in which he was heralded for his “magnificent voice … it literally soars beyond the barricades” (Joseph Baker, broadwayworld.com).
As he continued to pursue his love of musical theatre in other successful productions displaying his versatility as an actor and singer (including rave reviews for his performances in Into the Woods, The Producers, and Beauty & the Beast), he knew that the one area in his vocal journey yet to be truly ventured was the world of opera.
He auditioned twice for the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and both times placed as a winner in the Divisional level, going on the receive the Encouragement Award at the Regional level.
Philip currently serves as a resident artist with Opera Memphis for their 2018-19 season. During this time he has served as the understudy for Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and is performing in his Opera Memphis debut as Ralph Rackstraw in the H.M.S. Pinafore. Later this year he will be performing in The Falling & the Rising, a new American opera commissioned by Opera Memphis and the American Armed Forces. He also recently performed in concert with Kallen Esperian for the Memphis Chamber Music Society.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Toccoa Falls College, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Memphis.
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