A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, the Canadian Philippe Sly is one of the most promising bass-baritones of his generation and was awarded a scholarship by the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for young Canadian opera singers as well as the Brian Law opera scholarship in Ottawa in 2010. He has also been awarded first prize in the Concours musical international de Montréal, the Radios francophones publiques young soloists prize and is a grand prize winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
He made his professional stage debut with the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto in The Tales of Hoffmann, Gianni Schicchi and Iphigénie en Tauride, then at the Salzburg Festival in Das Labyrinth by Winter conducted by Ivor Bolton. He also made his San Francisco debut in the role of Gugliemo in Così fan tutte conducted by Nicola Luisotti, a role he took up again with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel. In San Francisco he sang Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ormonte in Partenope and Figaro in La Nozze di Figaro.
Concert performances include Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with the Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, the Fauré Requiem with Alain Altinoglu as well as with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Christmas Oratorio and The Messiah with the Toronto Symphony and Handel’s Solomon with Les Violons du Roy conducted by Bernard Labadie. He has also performed in a programme of opera arias with the Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic Orchestra in Malaysia as well as in recital with the pianist Michael McMahon. He recently made his Parisian debut in Philippe Boesmans’ Au Monde at the Opéra Comique.
Forthcoming engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Matthew Passion in Hamburg, Beatrice and Benedict at the Glyndebourne Festival and the title role in Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and with Lyon Opera. He will be making his Paris Opera debut in the role of Guglielmo in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s new production of Così fan tutte conducted by Philippe Jordan and in Handel’s Jephtha. Recordings (on the Analekta label) include two solo albums entitled In Dreams and Love’s Minstrels/English Songs from the 19th and 20th Centuries, as well as a recording of cantatas by Rameau, Les amants trahis (with Hélène Guilmette and Luc Beauséjour).