Joel Allison

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Canadian bass-baritone Joel Allison has earned praised for his “rich, ringing tone” (Ludwig Van Toronto). A recent graduate of the elite Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Mr. Allison was awarded Second Place in the Christina and Louis Quilico Competition in 2019 and was a semi-finalist in the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Allison makes his house and role debut at Opéra National de Bordeaux as Alberti in Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable, conducted by Marc Minkowski. He also returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin for a second season as an ensemble member, where he performs Donner in Das Rheingold and Peter in Hänsel und Gretel, both conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles, as well as Escamillo in Carmen, among other roles.

In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Allison joined Deutsche Oper Berlin as a new member of the company’s ensemble. Notable appearances included Escamillo, Schaunard in La bohème, Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, and the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte. He had also been scheduled to debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Monterone in a concert performance of Rigoletto.

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Reviews

“In his lone Aria, the young bass Joel Allison displayed a voice that was striking in its maturity, effortless heft and power and superb control.”

Natasha Gauthier

Artsfile, Dec 2018

“The bass arias & recitivos (prose) were more than adequately performed by Allison. He has a powerful & emphatic voice that proved the most dramatic of all. A perfect selection for his protagonist characterizations.”

Danny Gaisin

Ontario Reviews. Apr 2018

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“The second half opened with bass-baritone Joel Allison and Nick Shadow’s “Come Master” from The Rake’s Progress. Allison has a rich, ringing bass-baritone with a solid core and an easy top, which allows him to tackle the Diamond Aria with ease. If his Nick Shadow was impressive, it didn’t prepare me for his “Fra l’ombre e gli orrori,” Polythemus’s aria from Handel’s Acis, Galatea e Polifemo. This aria is well nigh impossible vocally given its extreme range, from low D to high A. A very slow aria, which means all the notes have to be sustained. Allison sang all the notes as written, and with distinction. Bravo!”

Ludwig Van Toronto, Feb 2019

 

“I was also impressed by the Schaunard of ensemble bass-baritone Joel Allison, who sang with plenty of voice and a strong stage presence – this singer will go far.”

Ludwig Van Toronto, May 2019

 

“Bass baritone Joel Allison has a beautiful instrument for this repertoire: precise in its intonation and articulation, serene and aristocratic, a little cool and bloodless, but with an appealing, soft fuzziness around the edges.”

Ottawa Citizen, May 2015

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