Phillipa Thomas began her studies at the University of York, where she was awarded the Concerto Prize, before continuing to further success, winning first place in the Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize.
Recent operatic roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte, Dulwich Opera Company), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro, East London Opera), Giovanna (Rigoletto, Nevill Holt Opera) and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus, Fulham Opera). In 2017, Phillipa's performance for Dulwich Opera Company was described as “the best Carmen I’ve seen since Maria Ewing… at Glyndebourne in the ‘80’s.” (Louise Flind – Opera Today). Dido, Emma Jones, Mercedes, Rosina and Sorceress are just a few of the performed roles she lists in her repertory.
On the oratorio platform, Phillipa has been fortunate to work as a soloist with renowned choral societies and orchestras across the UK, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; King’s College, Cambridge; and Bristol Choral Society. Her extensive knowledge of and passion for sacred music has led her to frequent performances of works from a variety of periods, such as Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb; Duruflé's Requiem; Dvořak’s Mass in D; Handel’s Messiah; Haydn’s Requiem and Nelson Mass; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; Mozart’s Requiem; Purcell’s Come ye Sons of Art and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Phillipa has also recorded numerous oratorio solos as part of a project with the professional ensemble Blossom Street Singers, while 2018 and 2019 saw her first performances of Israel in Egypt for Aberdeen Bach Choir and Elijah for both Newark Choral Society and Ryton Chorale.
Phillipa is currently working at Oper Köln in their production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet and future projects include a follow-up album to the widely acclaimed Blossom Street recording, This Day.