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Philip Eisenbeiss

Philip 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.

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

Philip spent nearly 10 years as a Board Director of Opera Hong Kong. In 2023 he joined the Board of Trustees of Opera Rara, the London-based opera company and recording label which specialises in recording and performing forgotten operatic repertoire from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

He regularly writes and lectures about opera.

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

Contributed Posts
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
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