Joel Allison

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Canadian bass-baritone Joel Allison has earned praise for his “rich, ringing tone” (Ludwig Van Toronto). A graduate of the elite Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Joel 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 2021/22 season, Joel makes his house and role debuts at Opéra National de Bordeaux as Alberti in Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable, conducted by Marc Minkowski and at Tiroler Festspiele Erl as Bijou-Alcindor Le Postillion de Lonjumeau. He also returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin as an ensemble member, where he performs Biterolf Tannhäuser, Robert Les vêpres siciliennes, Scoolmaster/Mayor Der Schatzgräber, Donner Das Rheingold, Escamillo Carmen, and Schaunard La bohème.

Other operatic engagements include the Mandarin Turandot, Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia, Zaretsky Yevgeny Onegin, Superior Senator in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian, Schaunard La bohème, as well as covering the roles of Peter Hänsel und Gretel, the Hunter Rusalka, and the King of Egypt Aida at Canadian Opera Company; Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia at Saskatoon Opera; Leporello Don Giovanni at Music Niagara and the Westben Arts Festival; and Dr. Roland Angeler in Marius Felix Lange’s Der Gesang der Zauberinsel at the Salzburg Festival.

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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

“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

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“Canadian bass-baritone Joel Allison (Alberti and the Priest), rhythmically precise, reveals luminous bass with safe and vibrant treble.”

Damien Dutilleul, Olyrix, Sept 2021

 

“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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