Philippe Sly

Philippe Sly

Vocalists — Bass-Baritone

“Philippe Sly, a Canadian bass-baritone who is only in his mid-twenties, played Guglielmo with vocal tone of extraordinary beauty and a wickedly ironic stage presence. We will surely be seeing much more of him; he made his San Francisco Opera debut in the same role just last season, when he was still an Adler Fellow.” —Simon Williams, Opera News, May 2014 - Guglielmo in 'Cosi fan tutte' with the LA Philharmonic

“We anxiously awaited Philippe Sly (Mephisto at 24 years old!) and he delivered a fascinating performance. He embodied an insidious devil, suave and sly, always melodic.” —Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, September 13, 2013 - 'La damnation de Faust' with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano

“In the ensemble cast of six, the standout performance was the precocious and phenomenally assured company debut of Adler Fellow Philippe Sly as Guglielmo. Adler Fellows don't often get cast at this level, but then again, Adler Fellows this gifted and accomplished are rare indeed. Sly's singing was at once robust and lyrical, with a beautiful range of tonal colors and the ability to combine virility and tenderness in a single phrase. His dramatic approach was charismatic and precisely etched - never more so than in "Donne mie la fate a tanti," his final outburst of wounded pride against the entire female sex.” —Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, June 10, 2013 - Guglielmo in 'Così fan tutte' at San Francisco Opera


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 Montréal and a grand prize winner of the 2011 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.

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June 7, 2013

Philippe Sly Debuts in Cosi fan tutte at San Francisco Opera

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April 10, 2013

Philippe Sly "Electrifying" in San Francisco Recital Debut

    By Joshua Kosman ...

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