Alan Corbishley

Baritone Alan Corbishley has sung throughout North America and Europe.  In the UK, he sang Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and Bach’s St. Mathew’s and St. Johns Passion, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus  in London, and Papageno in The Magic Flute in Belfast.  He sang Schaunard with Vancouver Opera in their production of La Boheme and then repeated the role with Opera Theátre Besançon in France.  He returned to Besançon to sing in Peter Eötvös’ contemporary opera Le Balcon and then once again to sing Parmenione in Rossini’s opera L’occassione fa il Ladro.   Alan performed Mahlers’ Das Lied von der Erde with the Kamloops Symphony and then the Mozart Requiem with the Okanagan Symphony where he returned in 2012 to sing and narrate various Christmas excerpts.  With Western Canada Theatre, Alan had lead roles in their productions of Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical and Les Miserables.

As a Voice teacher, Alan’s students have had tremendous success.  His students have the following credentials while under his tutelage:  Provincial Winner at BC Festival of Performing Arts (Intermediate Musical Theatre), Multiple Provincial Representatives and Honourable Mentions, 2016 Winner of Barbara Clague Festival of Song Competition at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Royal Conservatory of Music Exam First Class Honours Results, and acceptance into various University Music and Voice programs across Canada.

As a Stage Director, Alan will be directing the new production The Lost Operas of Mozart this coming Fall with City Opera Vancouver and is the resident director at the Vancouver Academy of Music where he is also on Voice Faculty.  In 2014, Alan wrote and premiered his original “silent play”, based on the life of Charlie Chaplin entitled Silent Chap, within Western Canada Theatre’s 2013/14 main stage season with Alan as director for the production.   Alan has also directed a number of productions at the Vancouver International Song Institute where is currently their programming director.

In 2006, TRU awarded Alan a Distinguished Alumni Award for his accomplishments in Arts and Culture. Due to his artistic output and in creating BC Living Arts, Alan was voted Artistic Newsmaker of 2007 by the Kamloops Daily News. In 2011, Alan directed and co-produced the opening and closing ceremonies for the Western Canada Games held in the Interior Savings Centre to rave reviews.   In 2012, Alan was the sole recipient of the Kamloops Mayors Award for the Arts for his innovations in the arts.  Having started his studies in theatre, Alan eventually received his Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia followed by his Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in Voice and Opera.

Alan also studied as a vocal fellow for two summers at Boston Symphony’s prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where he performed with many of the world’s best artists.  There he sang lead roles within Puccini’sGianni Schicchi under the baton of Robert Spano, and Ramiro in Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.

Alan also studied for two summers at The Music Academy of the West in California which is headed by famed mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.   There he also sang Harlequin in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and then Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring to rave reviews.

In 2002 Alan was one of 12 singers from around the globe to study in France for a one-year apprenticeship program in Marseille.  Alan has also performed with the following companies:  Boston Symphony, Connecticut Grand Opera, Calgary Opera, Prince George Symphony, The Kamloops Symphony, and the Okanagan Symphony on several occasions.  Alan is one of the founding and core faculty members at the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI).

Alan is the Artistic Director and Creator of BC Living Arts and within that, he premiered, created and directed:  a circus inspired theatrical chamber concert play called Satie de Paris, a contemporary dance piece entitledMetaxu, his own musical revue play entitled September Songs based on the music of Kurt Weill, a new theatrical concert based on the music of Tom Waits entitled Webley aWaits,  Sondheim’s musical Merry Me a Little, among many more events, festivals and productions.