5 Questions with Phillippe Sly
Bass-baritone Philippe Sly finished his Adler fellowship this past December and returned to San Francisco this summer to play the title role The Marriage of Figaro. He will be back this coming fall as Papageno in The Magic Flute. Read on to learn about his favorite moments at San Francisco Opera, his inspirations, and what he would be doing if he weren't an opera singer.
What is one of the highlights of your time at San Francisco Opera thus far?
You know, Partenope was such a special show. The cast had such a unique dynamic and the baroque aesthetic is my absolute favourite!!
Are there any particular operas or roles that you would like to add to your repertoire in the near future?
Ever since having sung Nick Shadow in school I've been dying to do it again professionally! Don Giovanni is a must. In the Moliere play, Don Juan is a very young man and I think it is a role I could start working on immediately.
(Philippe Sly as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro. Photo Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera.)
Who (or what) has inspired you most throughout your career thus far?
I could list many incredible singers, all of them with qualities that have profoundly musical aesthetic... however it is Anthony Hopkins and Marlon Brando that have inspired me most to pursue a career in "theatre arts".
If you weren't an opera singer, what else might you be doing right now?
If I couldn't sing, I would act, if I couldn't speak I would farm!!!
What are some of your favorite things to do or places to visit in San Francisco?
I need to hike. San Francisco is close to so many great trails. For the last 3 years I have been in San Francisco for the Day of the Dead celebrations. I love this tradition."