Since making his operatic debut with the Manitoba Opera in 1985, Canadian bass Phillip Ens has developed an international career performing with major orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe and North America. From 1993-1997, Mr. Ens was principal bass with the Staatsoper Stuttgart, performing numerous roles including Sarastro, Banquo (Macbeth), Pimen (Boris Godunov), and Fafner and Hunding in their new production of the Ring cycle.
Other European credits during this period include the role of Ramfis in Robert Wilson’s new production of Aida with La Monnaie in Brussels, Sarastro with Staatsoper Hamburg and Staatsoper Berlin, Colline at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino) for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Claggart (Billy Budd) for the Welsh National Opera, and Hunding with Teatro Real de Madrid. Numerous orchestral credits include appearances with the BBC Proms series and the Festivals of Salzburg and Edinburgh.
Important debuts in the past decade include his Metropolitan Opera debut as Hunding under the baton of James Levine, under whose direction he returned for two new productions as Commendatore and Wurm (Luisa Miller), as well as Tiresias (Oedipus Rex) with Gergiev. Other credits include the Paris Bastille, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at San Francisco Opera as Claggart, a role he also performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, and in Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Billy Budd, the DVD production of which received a Grammy Award nomination as best opera recording of 2012.