Canadian baritone Phillip Addis made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Tarquinius in the 2006 production of Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. He returned in 2007 to sing Masetto in Don Giovanni and in February 2013 takes on the role of Sid in Britten's Albert Herring.
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.
Summer 2012 saw his role and house debut 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. A consummate concert artist and recitalist, he was also heard in Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and in recital in Toronto.
Upcoming are the Duruflé Requiem with I Musici de Montreal and the role of Algernon in the world première of the staged version of Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest, with Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, France.
Highlights of the 2011-2012 season included 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 with Calgary Opera as Marcello in La Bohème. Among his concert engagements was Handel's Messiah in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Following his highly acclaimed Paris debut in the title role of Pelléas et Mélisande with l'Opéra Comique, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Phillip's 2010-2011 season was marked by three major role debuts. He began as Jaufre Rudel in Kaija Saariaho's L'amour de loin in Antwerp with De Vlaamse Opera. In January 2011, he took on the title role of the rarely performed baritone version of Massenet's Werther with l'Opéra de Montréal. Spring saw his return to Atlanta Opera 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.
Highlights of previous seasons include his role debut as Belcore in 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 première 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 Roméo 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 Calgary Opera's Tosca.
A consummate concert artist and recitalist, Phillip has performed the title role in Elijah with Toronto's Amadeus Choir; 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 l'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and 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. Phillip Addis and Emily Hamper will present a recital in Victoria's Alix Goolden Performance hall on January 26, 2013, at 7:30 pm.
Among Phillip Addis's numerous awards and honours are First Prize in the 2004 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, First Prize in the 2004 Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec Canadian Concerto Competition, the 2005 Joseph Rouleau award from the Montreal International Music Competition. In March 2006 he received the George London Foundation Encouragement award for a Canadian singer. In addition, Phillip has received grants from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers.
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 l'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.
AUDIO: Hear Phillip Addis in excerpts from Der Vampyr and from Pelléas et Mélisande.
RECITAL: Phillip Addis performs with pianist Emily Hamper, January 26, 2013, 7:30 pm at Alix Goolden Performance Hall.
Addis conveys just the right edginess in his attractive voice, and his stage presence suggests the panther Lucretia sees in her nightmares.
- J. H. Stape, Review Vancouver
Fast-rising Canadian baritone Phillip Addis sang the role … with compelling vigour and creamy sound, secure in the upper register. His movie-star looks and charisma added to his appeal.
Opera Canada, Summer 2011