Praised for his creamy, bright, smooth voice, Canadian baritone Phillip Addis has established himself as a leading interpreter of opera, concert, and recital with his spell-binding, daring, yet sensitive performances throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and the Far East.
2018-19 engagements include the roles of Marcello in La Bohème with the Vancouver Opera and Schaunard at the Canadian Opera Company as well as Messiah with the Grand River Philharmonic Choir and Fauré's Requiem with the London Symphonia.
In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Addis returned to the Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma for the title role in Billy Budd, to the Calgary Opera as the titular Eugene Onegin and to the Edmonton Opera as Don Giovanni, while Debussy’s Pelléas, one of his signature roles, brought him to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.
On the concert stage he was heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, in Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois Rivières, and for the critically acclaimed Saint François d’Assise with Maestro Sylvain Cambreling and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Japan.
Upcoming engagements include a return to the Edmonton Opera as the Il Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as new production of Pelléas et Mélisande in Italy.
Mr. Addis’s 2016-2017 season included performances of Mercutio in Minnesota Opera’s production of Roméo and Juliette, a reprisal of Lt. Audebert in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night with Michigan Opera Theater, returns to the Canadian Opera Company as Papageno in The Magic Flute conducted by Bernard Labadie, and to the Vancouver Opera as Il Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and his debut with the Ruhrtriennale festival as Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande. In concert, Mr. Addis performed Orff’s masterpiece Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian.
Prior to that, Mr. Addis appeared as Pyramus in the Canadian Opera Company’s highly acclaimed world premiere production of Pyramus and Thisbe by Barbara Monk Feldman, as Pelléas in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande conducted by Kent Nagano at the Hamburg Staatsoper and in a recital for the Canadian Art Song Project with pianist Emily Hamper.
Previous seasons have seen Mr. Addis make debuts in the title role of Britten's Billy Budd at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, as Figaro in Edmonton Opera's Il barbiere di Siviglia, as Jaufré Rudel in the Festival d'Opéra de Québec's L'Amour de loin, directed by Robert Lepage, in performances of Debussy’s unfinished opera The Fall of the House of Usher at the Paris opera, in the title role of Massenet’s rarely performed baritone version of Werther with l'Opéra de Montréal, in the stage premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest in Nancy, in the title role of Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr at le Festival de Lanaudière, and as both Schaunard and Marcello in La Boheme at the Canadian Opera Company. A champion of the music of Benjamin Britten, Mr. Addis has also appeared as Sid in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Albert Herring, as The Traveller in Curlew River and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, and in concert performances of the War Requiem and The Prodigal
A consummate recitalist, Phillip frequently performs masterworks of the art song repertoire with pianist Emily Hamper to audiences worldwide. Together they are also founders and co-artistic directors of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy, where they prepare young singers for careers in performance.