Philip Creasy as Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore

Philip Creasy (1981-82)

After singing in the choruses of Glyndebourne and Kent Opera, Philip Creasy joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company just in time for its last season, serving in the chorus from September 1981 until the Company's last night, February 27, 1982.

After a period in the chorus of Opera North, Creasy took his first named part as Pierre in the Vivian Ellis musical Bless the Bride.In 1988, he signed on as principal tenor with the "New" D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for its inaugural season.In three years with the "New" D'Oyly Carte he took several leading roles:Colonel Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard (1988), Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (1989-90), Ralph Rackstraw and the Defendant in H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial by Jury (1990), Luiz in The Gondoliers (1991), and Earl Tolloller in Iolanthe (1991).He may be heard in three of these parts on "New" D'Oyly Carte recordings of Pirates of Penzance (1990), Gondoliers (1991), and Iolanthe (1991).

Creasy's concert and operatic career has continued.It includes opera in English and Italian, operetta and musicals, and oratorio concerts and recitals in Britain, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.He has performed with numerous opera companies, as well as on BBC television and Radio 2.His concert repertoire includes a program of Italian song, and another about famous (and notorious) tenors:"A Tenor All Singers Above," the title derived from Gilbert & Sullivan's Utopia Limited.

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