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Monday, July 23, 2012

Baritone Phillip Addis Triumphs at BBC Proms

Triumphant Debut at the BBC Proms for 

Canadian Baritone Phillip Addis

Monday, July 23, 2012– One of Canada’s fastest rising opera stars, baritone Phillip Addis made a tremendous debut at the BBC Proms in what has become one of his trademark roles, Pelléas in Debussy’s beloved opera Pelléas et Mélisande.

Phillip was once again joined by soprano Karen Vourc’h as Mélisande in a reprisal of their much-praised partnership from the 2010 Opéra Comique de Paris production which marked Phillip’s debut in the role. Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, this special concert performance was presented as part of the Proms’s celebration of the 150thanniversary of Debussy’s birth.

The UK are unanimous in their praise for Phillip as Pelléas
    "The Canadian baritone Phillip Addis brought an ideally clean, youthful voice to
     Pélleas, and acted with a touching, wide-eyed innocence." (Daily Telegraph)
    "Phillip Addis is a star in the making…he sang with confidence and command in
    this difficult role, at times recalling the young Thomas Allen - and you can't get
    higher praise than that." (MusicOMH)

    "Addis was suitably fresh and lithe of voice as a youthful, athletic Pelléas:
    innocently fervent and bright of tone to begin with, he grew to a fiery
    outpouring of love in the Act 4 love duet, finding the ideal timbre to negotiate
    the high range." (Opera Today)
    "As Pelléas, the young baritone Phillip Addis placed the extraordinary range of his
    voice at the service of a role that is occasionally sung by a tenor…Addis's vocal
    centre of gravity is high enough to give him a thrillingly focused upper register
    that is ideal for Debussy's scoring. We must hear more from him." (Classical

A remarkable debut in the role at the Opéra Comique
    "Luminous, the Pelléas of Phillip Addis, English but with perfect diction...with a
     perfect voice for the role." (Le Figaro)
    "Phillip Addis is a brilliant Pelléas, clear voice, perfect diction, tense and
     passionate." (Premiere)

    "Phillip Addis's superb Pelléas moves from diffidence to unbridled
    passion in subtle stages." (Financial Times)

Canadian baritone 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’s 2012-2013 season features his debut as Algernon in the world premiere ofThe Importance of Being Earnest, by Gerald Barry at the Opéra de Nancyand in the title role of Albert Herringwith the Pacific Opera. A consummate concert artist and recitalist, he will also be heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Duruflé Requiem with I Musici de Montreal and in recital in Toronto and at the Orford Festival.

Recent highlights include his critically acclaimed debut in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Rome in June, performances at the Opéra national de Paris in Debussy’s The Fall of the House of Usher, his debut as Jaufre Rudel in Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de loinin Antwerp, the title role of the rarely performed baritone version of Massenet’s Werther with l'Opéra de Montréal and his debut in the title role of Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr atLe Festival de Lanaudière.



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