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Philip Cokorinos

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Philip Cokorinos

Bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos has performed in over 30 productions in over several seasons at the Metropolitan Opera. Most notable performances include Masetto in a "Live from the MET" telecast of Don Giovanni, the World Premiere of John Corigliano's highly successful The Ghosts of Versailles, as well as the MET premieres of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, War & Peace, The Gambler, and Sly. He is most acclaimed in his portrayal of Leporello in Don Giovanni by noted journalists such as the Los Angeles Times who exclaim "Philip Cokorinos brought vocal strength and heft to the role of Leporello," as well as the Atlanta Journal- Constitution who hailed he "...was a delight, his darkly hued bass easily filling the hall." Having performed nearly 70 leading roles in his career, Mr. Cokorinos' most frequent appearances have been in the roles of Olin Blitch in Susannah, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mustafa in L'Italiana in Algeri, Frere Laurent in Romeo et Juliette, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mephistopheles in Faust, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, Banquo in Macbeth, Daland in The Flying Dutchman, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Zaccaria in Nabucco, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto which he has performed with such companies as New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Utah Symphony & Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, the Coro Lirico, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Chautauqua Opera, among many others. Engagements for 2006-2007 Season include Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Benoit/Alcindoro in La boheme with Kentucky Opera, Ben Selim in Dom Sebastien and Marco in L'Arlesiana (cover) with Opera Orchestra of New York, Frere Laurent in Romeo et Juliette with Nashville Opera, Banquo in Macbeth with Edmonton Opera, Forester in Don Carlo, Foltz in Meistersinger (covers) with the Metropolitan Opera, Benoit/Alcindoro in La boheme in the MET Opera in the Park series, Don Marco in The Saint of Bleecker Street and Pandolfe in Cendrillon with Central City Opera. Additional future engagements include Frere Laurent in Romeo et Juliette with Opera Carolina, Benoit/Alcindoro in La boheme with the Los Angeles Opera, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Atlanta Opera, and the title role in Don Pasquale with Syracuse Opera. Other recent engagements include Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac, Grenvil in La Traviata and 2nd Guard in Manon with the Metropolitan Opera (covers), Sciarrone in Tosca with the MET in the Parks series and with the Atlanta Opera, Capellio in Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Spoleto Festival USA, Mephistopheles in Faust with Chautauqua Opera, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Connecticut Grand Opera, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Chautauqua Opera. Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Cokorinos' recent symphonic appearances have included Mephisto in Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust and Verdi's Requiem, Haydn's Creation in Carnegie Hall, Verdi's Requiem, and Herod in Berlioz' L'Enfance du Christ telecast with the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and recorded for Decca with the Montreal Symphony. He has also appeared in concert with the Cincinnati May Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and 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 Capuletti e I Montecchi, and Sarastro in The Magic Flute staged at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His discography includes two works of Hector Berlioz with the Montreal Symphony and Charles Dutoit, Herod in L'Enfance du Christ and Wagner in Huit Scenes de Faust both released on Decca.