Mourning for valued London vocal coach

Mourning for valued London vocal coach


norman lebrecht

February 05, 2020

The family of Philip Doghan have announced his death on social media.

Philip started out at Covent Garden in 1961 as a boy Fairy in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He went on to sing 140 roles in 62 opera houses, including 15 world premieres, before becoming Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music, and in Zurich, Copenhagen and Cologne.

There will be a memorial service at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9ED on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 2:30pm


  • nonbarihunk says:

    A fine singer, valued teacher and generally wonderful all round person.
    RIP. Dear Philip and thanks for the memories.

    • Ian Lawson says:

      I only knew Philip (vaguely) in university days. I was in the chorus of a production of Ruddygore by G&S in June 1969. Phil was playing the tenor lead and only learned at the dress rehearsal that this would involve dancing a fairly extensive hornpipe at the end of his first act entrance number, which he then had to extemporise. It was entirely hilarious – a memory etched in my brain to this day. That may well have been his first and last experience of Gilbert & Sullivan. He had a superb voice then: so sorry to hear the news of his passing.