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Philippe Sly: Bio

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 2012 Concours Musical International de Montrial and a grand prize winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions singing the varied repertoire of Mozart, Bach, Handel, Stravinsky and Wagner.

In the summer of 2012, Mr. Sly joins the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival where he will make his Festival debut as Sithos in von Winter's 'Das Labyrinth' under the baton of Ivor Bolton. In the 2012  2013 season, Mr. Sly becomes a member of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program at the San Francisco Opera where he will make his mainstage debut as Guglielmo in 'Cosi fan tutte' under music director Nicola Luisotti. He also will tour Canada in recital with the
Debut Atlantic Series.

After winning the MET National Council Auditions, Mr. Sly became a member of the ensemble at the Canadian Opera Company in the 2011 - 2012 season where he was seen as Hermann in 'Les contes d'Hoffmann', Amantio di Nicolai in a new production of 'Gianni Schicchi' directed by Catherine Malfitano and conducted by Andrew Davis, as well as A Scythian Man in 'Iphigenie en Tauride' alongside the Iphigenie of Susan Graham. He also sang Bach's 'St. John Passion' with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under music director Kent Nagano and was soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur in a concert of opera arias. As a recitalist, Mr. Sly performed with the Canadian Chamber Players in Ottawa and will perform in recital in Montreal, Paris, London, and The Hague.

Mr. Sly holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal. He is also an alumnus of San Francisco Opera's Merola Program where he performed the role of Dr. Barolo in 'Il barbiere di Siviglia'. His roles at McGill University include Marcello in 'La boheme' and Nick Shadow in 'The Rake's Progress'. A recording artist with Analekta Records, his first solo album is due for release in the autumn of 2012.

Philippe Sly

Schubert Sessions with John Charles Britton


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1 Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu singen  
2 Schubert: Alinde, Op. 81 No. 1  
3 Schubert: Du bist die Ruh, Op. 59, No. 3  
4 Schubert: An Sylvia, Op. 106 No. 4  
5 Schubert: Erlkonig, Op. 1  
6 Schubert: An die Musik, Op. 88 No. 4  
7 Schubert: Standchen, D. 957 No. 4  
8 Schubert: Wohin, Op. 25 No. 2  
9 Schubert: Der Muller und der Bach  
10 Schubert: Der Leiermann, Op. 89 No. 24  
11 Schubert: Der Doppelganger  
12 Schubert: Der Lindenbaum, Op. 89 No. 5  
13 Schubert: Der Jungling an der Quelle  
14 Schubert: Du liebst mich nicht  
15 Schubert: Des Fischers Liebesglück  
16 Schubert: Der Tod und das Madchen  
Philippe Sly video CMIM 2018

Shy personality, modest genius of all, Franz Peter Schubert is distinguished by this; he has never held formal musical function. Living frugally, surrounded by friends from the artistic and literary circles, Schubert was the focus of artistic events organized periodically and known as the Schubertiade. These meetings were an opportunity for him to hear his most recent compositions, including the songs included in the foreground. Many of these - he composed more than 600 - are likely to have taken shape on guitar; 

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