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.
He went on to make his Met debut during the 1987/88 season. Since then, he appeared in more than 400 performances of 40 operas at the Met, including “Live from The Met” telecasts of Don Giovanni; the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles; and the Met premieres of Sly, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Gambler, and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk, to name a few. He appeared many times in their productions of the standard repertoire including Tosca, La Bohème, The Girl of the Golden West, La Traviata, Adriana Lecouvreur, La Rondine, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Macbeth, Manon, Don Carlo, Tosca, The Barber of Seville, Manon Lescaut, and The Marriage of Figaro, under the baton of Maestro James Levine. His recent appearances at this esteemed house include several Met Live in HD broadcasts including Manon, The Girl of the Golden West, The Nose, Werther, Manon Lescaut, The Marriage of Figaro, La Bohème and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
This season, Mr. Cokorinos returns to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of La Bohème and Adriana Lecouvreur, and to perform Billy Jackrabbit in The Girl of the Golden West, Amantio in Gianni Schicchi, and the Sacristan in Tosca. He will also perform as the Second Nazarene in Salome with the Spoleto Festival USA and the Grandfather in the U.S. premiere of Martinů’s Julietta with American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
He has appeared in 16 LA Opera productions since his 2007 debut as Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème, with roles including Doctor Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Suleyman Pasha in The Ghosts of Versailles and the Sacristan in Tosca.