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Phillip Addis

Phillip Addis
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Canadian baritone Phillip Addis is praised for his creamy, bright, smooth voice as much as for his spell-binding, daring, yet sensitive interpretations. A rising star on the international stage, Addis has performed in opera, concerts and recitals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan.

Phillip Addis’ 2014-2015 season includes several new roles: first, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Edmonton Opera and later the title-role in Billy Budd with the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. Other notable opera engagements are a new production by La Fura dels Baus of Pelléas et Mélisande at Dresden’s Semperoper, Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night with the Opéra de Montréal and Jaufré Rudel in L’Amour de Loin with the Opéra de Québec. In concert, Mr. Addis is heard in Britten’s War Requiem in Victoria, BC. Future engagements include a return to the Canadian Opera Company in the double bill of Pyramus and Thisbe and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (in which he will sing Pyramus and Tancredi) and a debut in Hamburg.

Phillip opened his 2013-2014 season with his debut at the Canadian Opera Company where he performed both Schaunard and Marcello in La Bohème. He also appeared as the The Speaker in the Los Angeles Opera production of The Magic Flute, reprised his much-acclaimed Pelléas in the Opéra Comique production of Pelléas et Mélisande in Paris, took on Count Almaviva in the Pacific Opera Victoria’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Lt. Audebert in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night with the Cincinnati Opera. Phillip was heard in Britten’s War Requiem and The Prodigal Son in Los Angeles, both conducted by James Conlon and in recital in Toronto, Paris and Montreal.

Recent seasons have included appearances as The Ferryman in Curlew River and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both at the Opera di Roma, his house debut at l’Opéra national de Paris as Roderick Usher in Debussy’s unfinished opera The Fall of the House of Usher, his debut at the London Proms in the title role of a concert version of Pelléas et Mélisande, appearances as Jaufre Rudel in Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de loin in Antwerp with De Vlaamse Opera, in the title role of Massenet’s rarely performed baritone version of Werther with l'Opéra de Montréal, as Algernon in the world premiere of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Gerald Barry at the Opéra de Nancy and in the role of Sid in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Albert Herring, as Marcello in Calgary Opera’s La Bohème and as Gugliemo in Così fan tutte with the Atlanta Opera. Phillip also made a compelling debut in the title role of Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr at Le Festival de Lanaudière. He was also heard in Britten’s War Requiem in Cincinnati, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Duruflé Requiem with I Musici de Montreal, and Handel’s Messiah in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and in recital in Toronto and at the Orford Festival.

Highlights include Phillip Addis’s role debut as Belcore in Donizetti’s comic opera L’elisir d’amore with Atlanta Opera, his New York debut as Roderick Usher in Debussy’s The Fall of the House of Usher with Opéra Français de New York, his role debut as John Brooke in the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women with Calgary Opera, the Count in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Atelier, Marcello in La Bohème in a new production at the Theater Basel, Zurga in a new production of Les Pêcheurs de Perles with l'Opéra de Montréal, Count Almaviva in the Florida Grand Opera production of Le Nozze di Figaro, Mercutio in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with Opera Carolina, Peter in Atlanta Opera’s Hansel und Gretel, George in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with the Fort Worth Opera and Angelotti in the Calgary Opera’s Tosca.

A consummate concert artist and recitalist, he has performed he performed the title role in Elijah with the Amadeus Choir in Toronto, the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Reinmar in a concert version of Tannhäuser with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, Messiah with the Edmonton and New Brunswick symphonies and the Elora Festival Singers, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec as well as the Ottawa and Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestras. He frequently appears in recital with pianist Emily Hamper in programs including Schubert’s most beloved song cycles Dichterliebe, Winterreise and Schwanengesang, most notably in Australia, at the Queensland Music Festival and on a tour of Canada’s Atlantic provinces.

Among Phillip Addis’s numerous awards and honours are First Prize in the 2004 Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal’s Standard Life Competition, First Prize in the 2004 Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec’s Canadian Concerto Competition, the 2005 Joseph Rouleau award from the Montreal International Music Competition. In March 2006 he also received the George London Foundation Encouragement award for a Canadian singer. In addition, Phillip Addis has received grants from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers' support programme from 2004-2009.

With a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University and a diploma in operatic performance from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, Phillip Addis began his operatic career in the apprenticeship program at the Atelier Lyrique de L'Opéra de Montréal with further studies at the Steans Institute at Ravinia, The Britten-Pears School and the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute.

Phillip currently lives in Stratford, Ontario with his wife and frequent piano collaborator, Emily Hamper, and their son.

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