Bass-baritone Philippe Sly brings Winterreise to Ottawa, with a klezmer twist

Ottawa-born opera singer takes a break from the international stage to perform Schubert’s landmark song cycle with Le Chimera Project 

One of Canada’s top baritones is bringing his much-acclaimed twist on Franz Schubert’s Winterreise home to Ottawa. Philippe Sly and Le Chimera Project perform at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre on Jan. 20.

Workshopped in 2017 at Domaine Forget, Le Chimera Project’s fresh take on a 19th-century mainstay is arranged for voice, clarinet, trombone, accordion and violin. CBC Music recently named the studio recording as one of the best classical albums of 2019. On tour, director Roy Rallo and designer Doey Lüthi bring it to life for the theatrical stage, combining the musicians’ dramatic performances with stark staging and lighting.

Sly, who was born in Ottawa and graduated from Ashbury College, won the National Capital Opera Society’s Brian Law Opera Competition in 2014.

Philippe Sly: Winterreise is part of the 2019-20 Chamberfest Concert Series. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 613-234-6306, or in person at 4 Florence St., Suite 201.

Mon. Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
355 Cooper St. (O’Connor and Lisgar)

Schubert: Winterreise

Le Chimera Project
Philippe Sly, bass-baritone
Félix de l’Étoile, clarinet
Karine Gordon, trombone
Samuel Carrier, accordion
Jonathan Millette, violin
Roy Rallo, stage director
Doey Lüthi, designer

Ottawa Chamberfest
Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital, through its concert series, community engagement and education (CEE), and its summer festival. The world’s largest festival of its kind, Ottawa Chamberfest is a 2019 Festivals and Events (FEO) Ontario “Top 100” and winner of seven consecutive Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts.