VCM Presents – Phillip Addis
Saturday, January 26th, 2013
The VCM welcomes Canadian baritone Phillip Addis to our stage for a solo concert prior to his appearance in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten. Praised for his creamy, bright, smooth voice as well as his daring, yet sensitive interpretations, Addis graces our stage for an unforgettable night. He will be joined by pianist, Emily Hamper.
Following a busy summer including his double debut in Rome: as Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Opera di Roma, his debut at the London Proms in the title role of a concert version of Pelléas et Mélisande and a recital at the Orford Festival, Phillip’s 2012/13 season features appearances 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. A consummate concert artist and recitalist, he will be heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Duruflé Requiem with I Musici de Montreal and in recital in Toronto and at the Orford Festival.
Highlights of the 2011/12 seasonincluded Phillip’s house debut at l’Opéra national de Paris as Roderick Usher in Debussy’s unfinished opera The Fall of the House of Usher. He also appeared in Montréal as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with l’Opéra de Montréal, Toronto’s Opera Atelier as Don Giovanni, and to the Calgary Opera as Marcello in La Bohème. Concert engagements included Handel’s Messiah in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Maestro Trevor Pinnock and Orff’s Carmina Burana in Québec City with l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec conducted by Jacques Lacombe.
Following his highly acclaimed Paris debut in the title role of Pelléas et Mélisande with l’Opéra Comique and conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Phillip’s 2010-11 season was marked by three major role debuts. He began with his debut as Jaufre Rudel in Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin in Antwerp with De Vlaamse Opera. In January 2011, he took on the second of his new roles when he appeared in the title role of the rarely performed baritone version of Massenet’s Werther with l’Opéra de Montréal. The spring saw him return to the Atlanta Opera in his third role debut this season, as Gugliemo in Così fan tutte. As well, Phillip gave a recital in Toronto with the Aldeburgh Connection and concerts with the Omaha and Phoenix symphonies. In July, Phillip made a compelling role debut in the title role of Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr at Le Festival de Lanaudière.
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 Addis…is a fine young Canadian artist with a handsome stage presence, clear French and an attractive high baritone, which suggests the makings of a future Pelléas.” —Stephen J. Mudge, Opera News
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