The young Canadian Bass-Baritone Joel Allison has been praised for his “ beautiful, rich, ringing tone….exceptionally promising.” (Ludwig von Toronto). He has performed throughout Canada with leading ensembles including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Saskatoon Opera, Saskatoon Symphony, National Academy Orchestra, Theatre of Early Music, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.
Highlighting Joel’s 2017/18 season is his debut with the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah. Joel also appears in the main stage productions with the University of Toronto Opera Program as a part of his Opera Master’s degree: “Leporello” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and “Anton Schill” in Vengeance a new opera being written by students in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.
Joel’s operatic roles include: “Dr. Malatesta” in Don Pasqualewith the Stratford Summer Music Festival; “Basilio” in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Saskatoon Opera; “Prince Gremin” in Eugene Onegin with Opera Muskoka; “Antonio” in Le Nozze di Figaro with Boris Brott Music Festival; “Dancairo” in Carmenwith Carmen on Tap; the title role in Handel’s Imeneo with UofT Opera, directed by Tim Albery.
Joel is also a dedicated concert artist. Canadian composer Andrew Ager compiled a song cycle “Idle Thoughts” for Joel which was premiered in Ottawa at Tabaret Hall in 2015. Joel has performed with many different collaborators including the Talisker Players, Musicians in Ordinary. Joel performed the baritone role in Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest Oratorio with the Saskatoon Symphony in the spring of 2017. Joel also won the 2016-17 Jim and Charlotte Norcop prize in Art Song at the University of Toronto.
Joel holds a BMus. in vocal performance from the University of Ottawa and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Opera Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Daniel Taylor. He was the recipient of the 2016/17 Richard Bradshaw Fellowship in Opera at the University of Toronto. Joel is an alumnus of the Ontario Youth Choir, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival Art Song Fellowship.
An ardent soloist since childhood, Joel’s solo debut was at the age of twelve years old, as the treble soloist in Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony with the National Arts Center Orchestra under the conductor Alexander Mickelthwate.