Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Phillip Addis


Canadian baritone Phillip Addis is perhaps best known as the ideal Pelléas of his generation, a role he sang with opera companies and orchestras in Modena, Piacenza, Parma, Luxemburg, Cincinnati, Dresden, Bochum, Hamburg, Paris and London. He is as renowned for his Count Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro whom he has portrayed in over a dozen different productions world-wide.


Recent season highlights include Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles with Vancouver Opera, and he made role debuts as Don Alfonso Così fan tutte with Pacific Opera Victoria and as Sharpless Madama Butterfly with Opéra de Québec. Current season engagements include Almaviva at Calgary Opera as well as his first Malatesta Don Pasquale in his return to Vancouver Opera.

“Phillip Addis, playing Don Alfonso, is a veteran baritone who sang well and boasted a strong stage presence.”  Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist, 04/15/2023


“…baritone Phillip Addis’s Don Alphonso was a sonorous agent provocateur, all too easily leading the callow young men into an ill-fated bet on their fiancées’ fidelity.” Robin J. Miller, Opera Canada, 04/18/2023


“Philip Addis has an affinity for twentieth century music, as shown by his frequent appearances in Britten’s operas. This is a highly-intelligent young singer who carefully chooses roles he can identify with. From the moment he appeared on stage, until his demise, Addis portrayed an innocent, a trait that makes Pelléas endearing. One senses that he and Mélisande truly fell in love, unaware of their predicament. This makes their Act IV declaration “Tu ne sais pas pourquoi il faut que je m’éloigne…Tu ne sais pas que c’est parce que…/Je t’aime aussi…/Oh! qu’as‑tu dit, Mélisande!” so genuine and moving.”  Ossama el Naggar,, 01/20/2023

“Phillip Addis’ Count was particularly effective, as his was a character trying to be in command and failing miserably. His final confession…was surprisingly moving, a #MeTwo offender suddenly realizing what he is and what he has done.” Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal, 4 February 2020


“Phillip Addis was a superb Billy Budd. There was a cockiness to him that was without guile, and his singing had that same quality. His voice was virile, free and open. He climbed eagerly to his death, and Warner had the sense not to spoil the moment with the snap of the rope and a dangling body.” Rick Perdian, 05/18/2018

Adams                       Dr. Atomic; Robert Oppenheimer *in preparation*

Adamo                      Little Women; John Brooke

Barry                          The Importance of Being Earnest; Algernon Moncrieff

Bizet                           Carmen; Escamillo;

                                     Les pêcheurs de perles; Zurga

Britten                       Billy Budd; title role

                                    Albert Herring; Sid

                                    The Rape of Lucretia; Tarquinius

                                    A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Demetrius

                                   Curlew River; The Traveller

                                   The Prodigal Son; The Elder Son

                                   The Burning Fiery Furnace; The Astrologer

Debussy                    Pelléas et Mélisande; Pelléas

                                   La Chute de la Maison Usher; Roderick Usher

Donizetti                  L’Elisir d’Amore; Belcore

                                   Don Pasquale; Malatesta

                                   Lucia di Lammermoor; Lord Enrico Ashton*

Floyd                         Of Mice and Men; George

Gounod                     Roméo et Juliette; Mercutio

Handel                      Agrippina; Pallante

Heggie                       Moby Dick; Starbuck*

Humperdinck          Hänsel und Gretel; Peter

Kaminsky                  As One; Hannah before

Marschner                Der Vampyr; Lord Ruthven

Messiaen                   Saint François d’Assise; Frère Léon

Monk Feldman        Pyramus and Thisbe; Pyramus

Mozart                       Don Giovanni; title role

                                     Le Nozze di Figaro; Il Conte di Almaviva

                                     Così fan tutte; Don Alfonso, Guglielmo

                                    Die Zauberflöte; Papageno, Sprecher

Puccini                       La Bohème; Marcello, Schaunard

                                    Madama Butterfly; Sharpless

                                    Tosca; Angelotti

Puts                            Silent Night; Lieutenant Audebert

Rossini                       Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Figaro

​                                    L’Italiana in Algeri; Taddeo

Saariaho                    L’Amour de Loin; Jaufré Rudel

Strauss, R.                Ariadne auf Naxos; Harlekin

Tchaikovsky             Eugene Onegin; title role

                                    Queen of Spades; Prince Yeletsky

Verdi                          La Traviata; Germont*

                                    Don Carlo; Rodrigo, Marquis di Posa*

                                    Il Trovatore; Il Conte di Luna*

*in preparation


Argento                      The Andrée Expedition

Bach                           BWV 32  Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (Dialogus)

                                    BWV 82  Ich habe genung

​                                    BWV 211 Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Kaffeekantate)

Britten                       War Requiem

                                    Cantata Misericordium

                                    Songs and Proverbs of William Blake

Brahms                      Requiem


Fauré                          L’Horizon Chimérique


Handel                       The Messiah

Haydn                        Die Schöpfung

Gounod                      Messe Solennelle de Saint Cécile

Morawetz                   Psalm 22

Mahler                        Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

                                     Rückert Lieder

Orff                             Carmina Burana

Poulenc                      La fraîcheur et le feu

Ravel                          Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

​                                    Histoires Naturelles

Schubert                    Winterreise


Schumann                 Dichterliebe

Vaughan-Williams   Songs of Travel

                                     Dona Nobis Pacem