Steven Phillips is Company Manager at The Grange Festival and launched the Leeds Lieder Young Artists programme in 2018. After initially graduating from postgraduate vocal study at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) Steven sang for several companies including Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera and Raymond Gubbay’s Aida at the Royal Albert Hall before taking over Oxenfoord International Summer School in 2012 and moving full-time into arts administration.
Steven worked for over seven years at Opera North; five years as Chorus Manager, taking the Chorus to perform Grimes on the Beach during Aldeburgh Festival’s 2013 Britten Centenary celebrations, and producing Into the Woods, Opera North’s 2016 co-production with Leeds Playhouse. In addition to setting up the RNCM/Opera North Chorus Mentor Scheme, he has sat on general auditions, chorister auditions, biennial vocal reviews and annual role and cover auditions.
More recently Steven has produced Opera North`s Whistle Stop Opera, a bite-sized, half-hour introduction to opera, touring the North of England and featuring as part of the BBC`s opera programming at the V&A and live-streamed via their nationwide #OperaPassion Day. These live, interactive opera experiences, were taken into schools, community centres, care homes, pubs, libraries, museums and universities. Steven has also produced for Charles Court Opera at the Kings Head Theatre (London), Iford Festival and G&S International Festival. In 2018 he managed Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate tour to Ravenna, looking after guest artists, dancers, chorus, orchestra and all technical departments. In 2019 Steven worked with the planning and casting departments at Opera North before returning to The Grange Festival as Company Manager in 2020.