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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
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
Jul 10, 2019 The Little Festival That Could: Verdi’s Falstaff at The Grange Festival
May 2, 2019 Force of Star Power: Forza del Destino at the Royal Opera House
Dec 8, 2018 Mefistofele at the mighty Met
Oct 12, 2018 Les Huguenots at Bastille Opera
Sep 29, 2018 On the Occasion of the Death of Montserrat Caballé – Spanish Singing School
Aug 19, 2018 A Salome to flummox the Salzburg glitterati
Jul 23, 2018 A more than luxuriously cast Lucia di Lammermoor: Teatro Real Madrid