Phillip Gay, Bass-Baritone
American bass-baritone Phillip Gay’s voice is hailed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as “impressive” and “sonorous”, and the Tampa Bay Times praises his “commanding bass-baritone delivery”. An alumnus of the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program, he sang the roles of King/Aida, Principal/Paul’s Case, Colline/La bohème, and Judge/ Orphée in their 2013-2014 season, as well as Lodovico/Otello, Garibaldo/Rodelinda, Zuniga/Carmen, and Hortensius/Daughter of the Regiment in the 2014-2015 season. In April 2015, Mr. Gay was the bass soloist in Mozart's Requiem at Erie Philharmonic. In the 2015-16 season, Mr. Gay made his debut with St. Petersburg Opera as Zuniga/ Carmen, and with Syracuse Opera as Colline/La bohème.
In the 2016-2017 season Mr. Gay sang the role of Hortensius/ Daughter of the Regiment with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and will sing the roles of Cool Papa Bell & Younger Barber in the world premiere of The Summer King with Pittsburgh Opera. Mr. Gay appeared at the Glimmerglass Festival in Summer 2012 as King/ Aida, as well as in various concerts as part of Glimmerglass's Young Artists Program. Other roles include Seneca/L'incoronazione di Poppea with New York Lyric Opera Theatre. While studying for his master's degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he sang the roles of Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Don Quixote/Man of LaMancha, Balthazar/Amahl and the Night Visitors, Silvano/La Calisto, and Speaker/The Magic Flute. A native of Beaumont, Texas, Mr. Gay received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from Lamar University, and his M.M. in Vocal Performance from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Mr. Gay was a District Winner in the 2014 and 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.