In this early career roles included Ferrando, Tamino, Belmonte, Lensky, Tom Rakewell and Pelléas, the latter performed at the Opéra-Comique under Georges Prêtre. He quickly gained a reputation as a specialist in contemporary music and has performed leading roles in many world premieres for Opera North, The Royal Opera House, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opera Vlaanderen, Opera di Roma, München Biennale, the London Sinfonietta and notably Alonso The Tempest (Thomas Adès) for the Opéra national du Rhin.
Philip has been privileged to work with many internationally renowned directors and conductors including Olivier Pi, David Alden, Robert Carsen, David Pountney, Waut Koeken, Kazushi Ono, Mark Elder, Marcus Stenz, Paul Daniel, David Parry, Enrique Mazzola, Marko Letonja and Stuart Stratford.
On the concert platform he has performed at The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Berliner Philharmonie. His repertoire includes Britten War Requiem and St. Nicholas, Bach Johannes-Passion, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Mahler Symphony No.8, Rossini Stabat Mater and Verdi Requiem.