Exploring relationship, contextualisation and conflict in baroque opera
- Performances: Sept 15&16 @ 7:30, Sept. 17 @ 1:30
- The Orpheum Annex - 823 Seymour St. Vancouver, BC
Debi Wong is a Canadian mezzo-soprano, actor and stage-director. She has been praised for possessing a “rich-toned” voice (The Vancouver Sun) and delivering performances that are “mind-blowing” (Schmopera blog) and “unique and magical” (Rondo Classic).
Debi is a graduate of Yale University (M.Mus) and The Yale Institute of Sacred Music (Diploma in Sacred Music), where she studied vocal performance and was the recipient of the 2010 Margot Fassler award for outstanding performances in sacred music. She is now pursuing a Doctor of Music at the Sibelius Academy. As a soloist, Debi has performed with leading orchestras and ensembles across Europe and North America. She also performs regularly with her award-winning lute and voice ensemble, White Sparrow and her lute, voice and guitar trio, The Winter Of Our Discontent. In the 2017/18 season, Debi will produce and perform in Acis & Galatea with her independent opera company, re:Naissance. She will also release her first full-length album titled Mister Dowland’s Midnight on Naxos records and she will give performances with her ensembles in Canada, USA, Norway, France, and Finland.
ALAN CORBISHLEY: Baritone/Director/Producer
In 2006, Alan transitioned from a successful operatic and concert baritone into a versatile opera director and arts producer. As a producer, Alan was the Director of Programming for the Vancouver International Song Institute in 2016 and is presently an Event Producer for TED Conferences (TED Talks) around the world with PDW.
In 2007 Alan created BC Living Arts, a registered charity and as the Artistic and Executive Director, has created well over 200 events including festivals and performances, as well as writing and directing over 10 original productions. Alan won the Mayors Award for Arts Innovation in 2012 as well as a Distinguished Allumni Award for Arts and Culture through Thompson Rivers University. As a stage director, he conceived the production concept and later directed City Opera Vancouver’s production The Lost Operas of Mozart which received rave reviews by Opera Canada and local press. Alan will be returning to City Opera Vancouver in 2018 to direct their daring production of Nigredo Hotel.
In 2014, Alan wrote and directed his original “silent play”, based on the life of Charlie Chaplin entitled Silent Chap, for Western Canada Theatre’s mainstage season. He has also premiered, created and directed the following productions: Satie de Paris, Metaxu, September Songs, Webley aWaits, and Dragging Piaf – a show that received rave reviews at its Vancouver premier in 2016.
Alan is also currently on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music as a voice teacher and their resident stage director.