Philip Webb is an American tenor who has received critical acclaim after launching his career in operatic and classical music. In 1993, after nearly twelve years as a church music minister, Webb was encouraged by the renowned bass Giorgio Tozzi to pursue a career in opera. He immediately embarked on an intensive program of studies and training. In the fall of 1993 he began studying vocal technique with one of the best-known vocal teachers of her day, Margaret Harshaw, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera and the Indiana School of Music. In 2001 he began a series of studies with the internationally acclaimed Verdian tenor Carlo Bergonzi in Busseto, Italy.
In January of 1994, Philip witnessed his first professional opera production, Norma, performed by Virginia Opera . This was also, in effect, his first professional assignment, as he covered the role of Pollione. Later that year he sang his first operatic role as Cavaradossi in a summer production of Tosca at the University of Chicago. In 1996 he sang his first lead role with a major company, Edgardo with Virginia Opera. Since that time, his vocal achievements have accelerated as he has performed in major theaters all around the world.
Philip is also very active in sacred music, as he grew up the son of a Baptist pastor from LIberty, Missouri. In the home and in the church, music and singing were at the forefront of daily lives and shaped his future in operatic singing.