“Phillip Addis was a superb Billy Budd. There was a cockiness to him that was without guile, and his singing had that same quality. His voice was virile, free and open,” says SeenAndHeard of his portrayal at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma of one of his signature roles. Mr. Addis has established himself as one of Canada’s leading baritones, being acclaimed internationally as both “an impeccable antagonist” as Mozart’s Count Almaviva, and also as “the ideal Pelléas of his generation” for his “erotically charged” performances as Debussy’s lead in Paris, Dresden, Hamburg, Luxembourg, Parma, Modena, Cincinnati, as well as at the Ruhrtriennale and the BBC Proms. Mr. Addis has performed on the world’s major stages, including l’Opéra National de Paris, LA Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Semperoper Dresden, and the Hamburgischen Staatsoper, lead by such distinguished conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, James Conlon, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Carlo Rizzi, and Sylvain Cambreling.
In the 2022-23 season, Mr. Addis returns to cherished roles: Zurga in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles with Vancouver Opera, and Pelléas with Teatro Municipale di Piacenza and Teatro Comunale di Modena. He also makes exciting role debuts as Don Alfonso in Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Così fan tutte and as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opéra de Québec.
In 2021 Mr. Addis was featured as Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro at Opéra de Lausanne and the Opéra Royal de Versailles. He also starred in the Rai5 live broadcast of the new Barbe&Doucet production of Pelléas et Mélisande from Teatro Regio di Parma.
Additional leading roles include Eugene Onegin at Calgary Opera, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Edmonton Opera, as well as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and the title role in the world premiere of Pyramus and Thisbe with the Canadian Opera Company. An expert in French repertoire, he has also been acclaimed as Jaufré Rudel in L’amour de loin with the Festival d'Opéra de Québec and the Vlaamse Oper, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Minnesota Opera and Opera Carolina, and as Frère Léon in the award-winning St. François d’Assise with Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra.
Mr. Addis balances his operatic career with extensive concert experience. He was the baritone soloist for Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Britten’s War Requiem with the Cincinnati May Festival, and the Britten LA/100 Festival. as well as the world premiere of Scott Good’s The Sleepers with London Sinfonia. In 2022-23 he performs Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestre Classique de Montréal, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Early Music Voices Concert Society in Calgary and Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières; as well as Bruckner’s Te Deum/Stephanie Martin’s Water with the Grand Philharmonic Choir.
With a passion for the art song repertoire, Addis has given recitals with Emily Hamper, pianist, at the l’Opéra National de Paris, the Canadian Opera Company, The Brisbane Music Festival, the Orford Arts Centre, the Vancouver International Song Institute, and the Canadian Art Song Project. From 2015-2022 Addis and Hamper were co-Artistic Directors of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy.