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Philip Cokorinos

Bass-Baritone

Hailed by Opera News for his “comedic high jinks” and “first-rate singing,” Philip Cokorinos was winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1985, and went on to sing his début during the Met’s 1987-1988 season.  Since then, he appeared in more than 360 performances of 32 operas at the Met, including “Live from The Met” telecasts of Don Giovanni; the world première of The Ghosts of Versailles; and The Met’s premieres of Sly, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Gambler, to name a few.  He appeared many times in their productions of the standard repertoire including ToscaLa bohème,  La fanciulla del WestLa traviata, Adriana LecouvreurLa rondine, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Macbeth, Manon, and Don Carlo.  His recent appearances at this esteemed house include La bohème and several The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts including Manon, La fanciulla del West, The Nose, and most recently, Werther.

 

Sep
2014

Sep-22
to
Oct-25
Le nozze di Figaro
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Nov
2014

Nov-10
to
Nov-29
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Dec
2014

Dec-04
to
Dec-20
Le nozze di Figaro
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Feb
2015

Feb-07
to
Mar-01
The Ghosts of Versailles
Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles, CA
Feb-28
to
Mar-22
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles, CA
Mar
2015

Mar-21
to
Apr-12
Le nozze di Figaro
Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles, CA
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…terrific as the production’s lead…
 Don Pasquale - “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.” – Santa Barbara Independent 
…first-rate singing…
 La Cenerentola - “With his double takes and well-handled comedic high jinks, not to mention first-rate singing, bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos could hardly have been stronger as [Don] Magnifico.” – Opera News 
…outstanding combination of actor and singer…
Il barbiere di Siviglia - In the cast, probably the most outstanding combination of actor and singer is Philip Cokorinos, whose performance of music master Don Basilio’s lecture on slander, “La Calunnia,” literally stopped the show with long applause.” Sacramento Bee
…rolling, commanding baritone…
The Cunning Little Vixen - Surpassed by a tremendous performance from Philip Cokorinos as “Bartos, the Forester.” Mr. Cokorinos’ rolling, commanding baritone; his heartfelt outpouring of thoroughly internalized text; and his sympathetic demeanor didn’t just merely touch me, but rather became the heart of the piece, making the opera work for me in a way that no previous mounting had.”Opera Today
…rich, ringing baritone…
Don Giovanni - Vocally, Philip Cokorinos shines as the gem in the cast as Leporello.With rich, ringing baritone notes, he often outshines his master in vocal abilities.He has fine acting chops as well, easily milking laughs from his often laughable character.”The Emory Wheel
…strong projection of character …
L’Amore dei Tre Re - Philip Cokorinos, as the blind Archibaldo, who strangles his faithless daughter-in-law, stood out from the fine cast for his commanding voice and strong projection of character.”Opera News
Composer Opera Role
Adamo Little Women Gideon March
Beethoven Fidelio Rocco
Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Capellio
Norma Oroveso
Blitstein Regina Oscar Hubbard
Boito Mefistofele Mefistofele
Nerone Simon Mago
Britten Peter Grimes Swallow
Cimarosa Il matrimonio segreto Geronimo
Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles English Ambassador
Delibes Lakmé Nilakantha
Donizetti Anna Bolena Lord Rochefort
Dom Sébastien Juam de Sylva
Don Pasquale Title role
L’elisir d’amore Dottore Dulcamara
Linda di Chamounix Il prefetto
Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo
Maria Stuarda Guglielmo Cecil
Flotow Martha Plunkett
Floyd Susannah Olin Blitch
Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado Title role
Gounod Faust Méphistophélès
Roméo et Juliette Frère Laurent
Halévy La Juive Gian Francesco, cardinal de Brogni
Janáček Cunning Little Vixen Forester (Revírník)
Mascagni Guglielmo Ratcliff MacGregor
Massenet Cendrillon Pandolfe
Werther Le Bailli
Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors King Melchior
The Saint of Bleecker Street Don Marco
Montemezzi L’amore dei tre re Archibaldo
Mozart Così fan tutte Don Alfonso
Don Giovanni Leporello
Die Entführung aus dem Serail Osmin
Le nozze di Figaro Figaro
Die Zauberflöte Sarastro, Sprecher
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffamnn Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dappertuto
Puccini La bohème Colline
La fanciulla del West Jack Rance
Gianni Schicchi Title role
La rondine Rambaldo
Turandot Timur
Rossini Armida Astarotte
Il barbiere di Siviglia Bartolo, Basilio
La Cenerentola Don Magnifico
Le comte Ory Le Gouverneur, Raimbaud
La donna del lago Douglas d’Angus
L’italiana in Algeri Mustafà
Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Der Musiklehrer, Truffaldin
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Prince Gremin
Verdi Aïda Ramfis
Macbeth Banquo
Nabucco Zaccaria
Rigoletto Sparafucile
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Daland
Composer Work  
Bach Magnificat
Mass in B Minor
Beethoven Mass in C Major
Missa Solemnis
Ninth Symphony
Berlioz La damnation de Faust
L’Enfance du Christ
Brahms Requiem
Bruckner Te Deum
Händel Messiah
Haydn The Creation
Lord Nelson Mass
Mass in B
Mass in Time of War
Mozart Kronungsmesse K. 317
Requiem
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Rossini Messa di Gloria
Stabat Mater
Verdi Requiem
Hailed by Opera News for his “comedic high jinks” and “first-rate singing,” Philip Cokorinos was winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1985, and went on to sing his début during the Met’s 1987-1988 season.  Since then, he appeared in more than 360 performances of 32 operas at the Met, including “Live from The Met” telecasts of Don Giovanni; the world première of The Ghosts of Versailles; and The Met’s premieres of Sly, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Gambler, to name a few.  He appeared many times in their productions of the standard repertoire including ToscaLa bohème,  La fanciulla del WestLa traviata, Adriana LecouvreurLa rondine, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Macbeth, Manon, and Don Carlo.  His recent appearances at this esteemed house include La bohème and several The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts including Manon, La fanciulla del West, The Nose, and most recently, Werther.

He returns to The Met on opening night this season in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro with Maestro James Levine conducting and will join their production of Shostakovich’s verismo expressionist opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Later in the season he makes a triumphant return to Los Angeles Opera for their “Beaumarchais Trilogy,” singing Bartolo in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Antonio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Pasha in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, all under Maestro James Conlon.

Mr. Cokorinos performed more than 70 leading roles with other eminent companies throughout North America.   A house favorite with Los Angeles Opera, he appeared in a variety of repertoire including Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème, Baron Duphol in La traviata, Sacristan in Tosca, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette, and Ser Amantio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi  with director Woody Allen.

Elsewhere in recent seasons, he performed the title role in Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, Daland in Der fliegende Holländer with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and added Swallow in Peter Grimes to his many roles with Chautauqua Opera, which include Méphistophélès in Faust, Oroveso in Norma, The Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor.  With Opera Colorado, he sang Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola and Sacristan in Tosca; with the Spoleto Festival USA, Coley in Flora and Capellio in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi; and with Central City Opera, Don Marco in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, and his most frequently performed role: Leporello in Don Giovanni.

Additional engagements in the US include Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Carolina and Nashville Opera; Rocco in Fidelio with Palm Beach Opera; and Timur in Turandot with Florida Grand Opera.  Canadian appearances include Banquo in Macbeth with Edmonton Opera and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Calgary Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa.

On the concert stage, Mr. Cokorinos’ notable symphonic appearances have include Haydn’s Creation and Händel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, Herod in Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ  telecast with NHK Symphony in Tokyo.  He appeared in concert with the Minnesota Orchestra; Cincinnati May Festival; Spoleto Festival USA; Spokane Symphony; Jacksonville Symphony; The Little Orchestra Society of New York; and in several performances with Opera Orchestra of New York including Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Raimondo in Wagner’s Rienzi, Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Astarote in Armida, Cardinal de Brogni in La Juive, the Prefect in Linda di Chamounix, Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, staged in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

His discography includes two works of Hector Berlioz with the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit: Herod in L’enfance du Christ and Wagner in Huit Scenes de Faust both released on DECCA. He can also be heard on the world-première recording of Stephen Paulus’ oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vanska.

 

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