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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
Jul 14, 2018 Swanning around: Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Royal Opera House
May 12, 2018 The Met gives Tosca the McVicar treatment
Apr 6, 2018 Back to the roots
Naples puts on Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto 200 years after its house debut
Mar 29, 2018 Cav and Pag in Calvin’s home city
Jan 23, 2018 Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Götterdämmerung: Dawn of a Wagnerian Orchestra
Dec 28, 2017 Cultus interruptus: An unusual Rigoletto at Royal Opera House
Nov 19, 2017 A lusty and lugubrious Lucia di Lammermoor at Royal Opera House
Aug 13, 2017 William Kentridge turns Salzburg’s new Wozzeck into a Gesamtkunstwerk
Aug 11, 2017 Salzburg: Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida by Shirin Neshat
Jul 29, 2017 Feather light and forgettable
Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival 2017