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Philip Eisenbeiss

Philip Eisenbeiss full picPhilip Eisenbeiss only ever had one real ambition: to become an opera singer. But scores of frustrated voice coaches convinced him to abandon this aspiration. Today he is a partner at a leading Hong Kong based executive search firm, where he runs the Wealth Management practice. He started his career in journalism and spent nearly a decade in banking. He was born in Germany and holds degrees in history and international relations from Columbia University.

Philip’s first book Bel Canto Bully: the life and times of the legendary opera impresario Domenico Barbaja (Haus Publishing) has become one of the most talked-about books on opera, to his own and his publisher’s enormous surprise. An eponymous music CD featuring selections from operas commissioned by Barbaja was issued by Naxos Music.

His book has been published in Italian (Il Padrino del Belcanto, EDT) and German (Domenico Barbaja: Schillernder Pate des Belcanto; Sieveking).

Philip is also a Board Director of Opera Hong Kong, the city’s leading opera company, and regularly writes and lectures about opera.

Living in Asia for over twenty years, Philip will fly anywhere for a good opera. The airlines love him. He no longer sings.

Contributed Posts
May 6, 2021 Pure Class – and in a Class of Her Own: Christa Ludwig (1928-2021)
Dec 23, 2020 Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres
“Rossini: Amici e Rivali”
Nov 16, 2020 The Next Operatic Stars
Five Promising Young Singers That You Should Watch Out For
Mar 24, 2020 My Beethoven by Philip
Feb 21, 2020 Mirella Freni: Remembering the Perfect Mimi
Feb 17, 2020 Nello Santi: Traditionalist Operatic Giant
Jan 16, 2020 Gregory Kunde: Taking His Time to Triumph
Oct 15, 2019 Jules Massenet’s Werther at the Royal Opera House
Aug 20, 2019 Médée in Salzburg: When Visuals Devour Their Musical Children
Aug 15, 2019 Salzburg Festival 2019: Mozart’s Idomeneo