Canadian barihunk Phillipe Sly is currently a participant in the Merola Opera Program's prestigious young artist program. He just garnered critical praise playing the role of Bartolo in Rossini's "Barber of Seville." After he completes his stint with Merola, Sly will be joining the Canadian Opera Company's Studio Ensemble in Toronto.
The Montreal Gazette recently profiled the young singer, who is taking the opera world by storm. Here is the article:
MONTREAL - When 22-year-old Philippe Sly sang in March at a Metropolitan Opera competition, he was bringing his four years of vocal training at McGill's Schulich School of Music onto the stage, along with his formidable talent.
Out of 1,500 applicants in the first round and 22 in the semifinals, Sly's bassbaritone performance was singled out. He was one of the five winners of the National Council Auditions at North America's most venerable opera house.
"Phil has talent and a huge work ethic," says voice teacher Sandford Sylvan, who has performed operatic roles around the world, including at Carnegie Hall and received Grammy and Emmy awards for his role in John Adams's Nixon in China. [Read the entire article HERE]
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