Praised for his “agility, range, and pleasant timbre” (Opera News), tenor Philippe L’Esperance has appeared as Ernesto in Don Pasqaule and as Alessandro in Mozart’s Il re Pastore at the New England Conservatory. A recent alumnus of the Merola Opera Program, he participated in a virtual opera “Back Home: Through the Stage Door,” where he performed selections from La Cenerentola by Rossini and Die Fledermaus by Straus II. Philippe has appeared as a Gaddes Festival artist and Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. Most recently with the company he appeared as Lucano in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. Other roles include Giuseppe in Verdi’s La Traviata and as Jake in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. At the Manhattan School of Music he was featured as Matthew in Picker’s Emmeline, Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Sandor Barinkay in J. Strauss’s Der Zigeunerbaron and Tito in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. With the Chautauqua Institution’s Voice Program, he has appeared as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Prince Karl Franz in Romberg’s The Student Prince, and Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Philippe will soon be appearing at Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist.
In 2022, Philippe was a District winner and regional finalist in The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. In concert, Philippe appeared as the Tenor Soloist in Carmina Burana at New England Conservatory, the Tenor Soloist in Lelio by Berlioz with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and on the stage of Carnegie Hall as a Tenor soloist in Vaughn Williams Serenade to Music. Philippe has also appeared with The New York Festival of Song as an Emerging Artist with NYFOS@North Fork. With NYFOS he also made his Caramoor debut as a Caramoor Rising Star.
Originally from Grafton, Massachusetts, Philippe completed his Bachelor of Music degree from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. He completed his Master of Music degree at The Manhattan School of Music where he studied voice with Marlena Malas. He will soon be completing his Artist Diploma in Opera at The New England Conservatory where he is studying voice with Bradley Williams.