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"A Canadian bass‐baritone with a beautiful, blooming tone and magnetic stage presence", wrote the San Francisco Chronicle in August 2011. Winner of the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award at the last Montreal International Musical Competition and RadioCanada's "Revelation classique 201213, the bass‐baritone Philippe Sly offers a first album 'In Dreams,' based on texts by Heinrich Heine. It includes Robert Schumann's sublime Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), Guy Ropartz's Four poems after Heinrich Heine's "Intermezzo", Maurice Ravel's Don Quixote to Dulcinea and the first recording of Three Tennyson Songs by British composer Jonathan Dove. Michael McMahon accompanies the young singer on the piano. During a recital just a few days before the start of the MIMC, Claude Gingras of La Presse praised his maturity and the power of his performance:
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YNS-Philadelphia Orchestra 'Messiah' is something much more than a holiday ritual / Philly.com
The minute Handel's Messiah starts, you feel like you're home. "Comfort ye" are the first words out of the tenor's mouth in the first aria, and at this point in the holiday season, you need to hear that. The later moments, however, are where the Philadelphia Orchestra's Thursday performance, the first of three through Sunday at the Kimmel Center, began distinguishing itself as something much more than a ...
Philippe Sly, John Charles Britton - Schubert Sessions / KDFC 'Download Of the Week'
Each week KDFC: San Francisco - eNotes members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music. The meeting between Philippe Sly and guitarist John Charles Britton (signing arrangements of the works of this album) is certainly not the result of chance. Collaborating for several years, both artists recognize these Schubert Sessions a way to expand and claim the pl...
Philippe Sly | John Charles Britton - 'Schubert Sessions' is the WFMT: Featured Release
Collaborators for a number of years, Philippe Sly and John Charles Britton recognize, in these "Schubert Sessions," a way of expanding and reclaiming the Viennese composer's place in popular culture, notably his influence on modern song. They present the opportunity to hear these lyrical masterpieces accompanied by guitar, which was probably the instrument Schubert used in order to appreciate the true ef...
Philippe Sly debuts as Figaro in San Francisco Opera - The Marriage of Figaro / HuffPost
Philippe Sly is making his role debut as Figaro in San Francisco Opera's current production of The Marriage of Figaro. It's a perfect harmony. As Count Almaviva's personal man servant - and also friend - Figaro is the kind of guy one expects to find in the immediate circle of a fast living celebrity-type nobleman. Mozart assigned Figaro to the bass-baritone division - for potency and determin...
Rising baritone Phillipe Sly performs in Banff: Calgary Herald review
Philippe Sly is on a meteoric rise. Already with two critically acclaimed albums to his credit, the young French-Canadian baritone seems to command the stage wherever he goes and has made favourable impressions everywhere he sings. He was the first prize winner of the 2012 Concours Musical International de Montréal, where he took home a considerable amount of money, and all t...