French-Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly is already gaining international notoriety for his “beautiful, blooming tone and magnetic stage presence” (San Francisco Chronicle). Mr. Sly is the first prize winner of the prestigious Concours Musical International de Montréal and a grand prize winner Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions singing the varied repertoire of Mozart, Bach, Handel, Stravinsky and Wagner. Recently, he was awarded Concert of the Year in Romantic, Post-Romantic and Impressionist Music at the 16th annual ceremony of the Prix Opus in Québec.
In the 2017-2018 season, Philippe Sly has returned to the Paris Opera in the new production of Così fan tutte as Guglielmo conducted by Philippe Jordan, the same role that served for his debut the previous season. At the Paris Opera, he will also make his role debut as Zebul in Claus Guth’s new production of Jephtha conducted by William Christie. In concert, he debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra in Fauré’s Requiem and with the Academy of Ancient Music in Bach’s Johannes-Passion, both conducted by Bernard Labadie. Mr. Sly will be heard in a guitar/voice duo recital at the Tucson Guitar Society with guitarist John Charles Britton. With the Montreal Symphony, he sings Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, as well as songs of Rachmaninoff, Grieg, and Sibelius. He also returns to Opéra de Lyon in a new production of Don Giovanni.
Last season, he was heard in concert as Narbal in Berlioz’s Les Troyens with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under John Nelson, which was recorded by Warner/Erato, and in Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He debuted with the Dallas Symphony in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with Jaap van Zweden and returned to Montreal with Fondation Arte Musica / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal in a duo recital with guitarist John Charles Britton of Schubert Lieder. In the summer of 2017, he made an acclaimed debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as the title role in a new production of Don Giovanni.