Baritone Phillip Calcagno began his performing career with studies in Voice, Drama and Movement at Victoria’s National Theatre, before establishing a professional career in which he is a familiar and sought after presence to Australian and International audiences. Phillip studied opera in Melbourne before expanding his craft in Europe with Carlo Ventura and Cesare Rufini. Whilst in Italy, Phillip performed various operatic roles in La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca and The Merry Widow. He sang with renowned conductors Marcello Rota and Andre Bernard, and had the opportunity to perform alongside the world famous baritone Renato Bruson. Phillip has sung in historic Italian locations including Teatro Greco in Taormina and Palazzo Barbarini and Caracalla in Rome as well as working with the Accademia d’Opera Italiana in the role of the Don in Don Giovanni. In consecutive years he sang the roles of Silvio in Pagliacci and Germont in La Traviata at the Palazzo Barbarini for the Rome Opera Festival, Danilo for the Singapore Lyric Opera
Phillip’s operatic repertoire also includes Sciarrone in Tosca, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Marcello in La Boheme, Ali in The Italian Girl in Algiers, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro and Figaro in The Barber of Seville.
His much enjoyed success on his return to Australia has seen him perform the title role in Don Giovanni and Figaro in The Barber of Seville for Melbourne Opera. Other roles for Melbourne Opera include Yamadori in Madame Butterfly, Escamillo in Carmen, Marcello in La Boheme, Sir Ricardo in I Puritani, Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata, The Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Sacristan in Tosca, Silvio in Pagliacci, Valentin in Faust and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte. Most recently,Phillip made his debut as Zurga in Melbourne Opera’s production of Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers in 2014, starred as Figaro in The Barber of Seville and plays the role of Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury in Mary Stuart.