Betty Waynne Allison
Prize-winning soprano Betty Waynne Allison first came to prominence as a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. Leading assignments in Ensemble productions include Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Donna Elvira in Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni, and Mona in the world premiere of James Rolfe’s Swoon. On the mainstage, she has covered and performed a wide range of roles, demonstrating her natural ability and talent. Included among these are the High Priestess (Aïda), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Annina (La Traviata), Luisa Miller (Luisa Miller), Turnspit (Rusalka), Freia (Das Rheingold), Marguerite (Faust), Countess (Le Nozze Di Figaro) Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), and Amelia (Simon Boccanegra). The British Columbia native looks forward to a return to the COC stage as the First Lady in a new production of Die Zauberflöte during the 2010-2011 season. In concert she will be heard with Ottawa’s Chorale Society and in the New Discoveries Showcase.
A well-rounded young artist, Ms. Allison is comfortable on the concert stage in such works as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Dvořák’s Te Deum and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
She recently returned from Europe as the Canadian representative to the first ever Stella Maris Vocal Competition, hosted and adjudicated by world-renowned tenor Michael Schade, placing first in the Oratorio class and fourth overall. Other recent competition successes have included selection as a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Pittsburgh, a Silver Medal in the Czech Slovak International Competition, Grand Prizes at the Ottawa Choral Society New Discovery and West Palm Beach Opera competitions and a top prize from Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (2009).
Applauded by Opera Canada for her “convincingly sexy movements, her sly vocal style and her well-rounded characterization” of the Vixen in Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen, further credits include the Banff Centre for the Arts, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (Cosi), Highlands Opera Studio, and the Concert Opera Group. Ms. Allison completed Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees at the University of Victoria in Music and Education.