Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 2:30 pm
Philippe Sly, baritone
Michael McMahon, piano
Philippe Sly has won major prizes at the Concours musical international de Montreal and Metropolitan Opera National Auditions. An artist with “a voice of extraordinary beauty”, Sly has performed leading roles with l’Opéra de Paris (Così fan Tutte) and the Aix Festival (Don Giovanni). Recently he sang in Berlioz’s Les Troyens with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and John Nelson; Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano.
Michael McMahon has performed with many of Canada’s greatest singers, including Maureen Forrester, Karina Gauvin, and Gordon Bintner, earning him the reputation of being a “luxury partner.” One of Canada’s finest collaborative pianists, he is associate professor at McGill University. He leads the Song Interpretation class and teaches English and German diction for singers. Several of McMahon’s recordings have been nominated for JUNO awards. Many of the singers and pianists that he has coached work in major opera houses around the world.
Philippe Sly: Adam Scotti
Michael McMahon: Michael Slobodian