Betty Waynne Allison returns to Pacific Opera Victoria to perform the role of Mary in the November 2011 world premiere of Mary's Wedding, a new Canadian opera by Andrew MacDonald and Stephen Massicotte.
A former POV chorister, Betty participated in Pacific Opera Victoria's Fall 2009 Resident Artist Program and made her POV mainstage debut in the role of Annina in Verdi's La traviata.
Betty grew up in Ladysmith, B.C. and attended the University of Victoria, graduating with degrees in both music and education. She joined the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble in 2006.
Leading assignments in Ensemble productions include Fiordiligi in Così 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), the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), and Amelia (Simon Boccanegra).
In the summer of 2007 she sang the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona Italy. In August 2009 she performed the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen in an exciting new production at the Banff Centre.
Ms. Allison has appeared on the concert stage in such works as Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Dvoøàk's Te Deum and Vivaldi's Gloria.
In the COC's 2010/11 season she performed the First Lady in their new production of The Magic Flute. In concert she was heard with Ottawa's Chorale Society and in the New Discoveries Showcase. Upcoming international engagements include Alice in Falstaff with L'Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole and the title role in Susannah with Florentine Opera.
Betty recently returned from Europe as the Canadian representative from the first ever Stella Maris Vocal Competition, hosted and adjudicated by world-renowned tenor Michael Schade, where she placed first in the Oratorio class and fourth overall.
Other recent competition successes have included a regional finalist finish 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).
But even in this company, none are more impressive than Allison, who combines it all - voice, acting ability, presence and beauty - in one highly impressive performance.
Toronto Sun, 2009
There is some excellent work in smaller roles . . . especially Violetta's maid, Annina (the rich-voiced soprano Betty Waynne Allison).
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's La traviata, October 2009
The star . . . was soprano Betty Allison, who sang the role of Fiordiligi. Not only does she have a large and gorgeous voice, her performance was note-perfect and her acting natural.
John Terauds, Toronto Star, 2009