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.
In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Addis returned to the Calgary Opera for performances of the title role in Eugene Onegin and Edmonton Opera for the title role in Don Giovanni. On the concert stage he was heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois Rivières, and a reprise of the role of Pelléas, one of his signature roles, in Pelléas et Melisande with the Cincinnati Symphony and conductor Louis Langrée. Future projects include a return to the Staatsoper Dresden in a leading role.
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 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 in his inaugural season as Music Director of the Hamburg Staatsoper, in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa 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 and 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 Ferryman 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 Son.
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.