Although performing less to focus on his directing and producing talents, 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. In 2011 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. In 2013, Alan portrayed the role of Lazar Wolf in Western Canada Theatre and the Kamloops Symphony’s production of Fiddler on the Roof and was seen in WCT’s production of Les Miserables in December as the Bishop.
As the Artistic Director and Creator of Kamloops own BC Living Arts, Alan premiered Satie de Paris to critical acclaim. Alan co-wrote, directed, designed and starred in this multi-media and circus inspired theatrical concert, which the Kamloops Daily News hailed it as “Poetry on Stage”. Also for BC Living Arts, he has directed and designed stagings of Bach Cantata’s and a contemporary dance piece entitled Metaxu which he produced and designed in collaboration with The Tomorrow Collective dance trio. He presented his own musical play entitled September Songs in 2010(based on the music of Kurt Weill) which created rave reviews and more recently produced a new theatrical concert based on the music of Tom Waits entitled Webley aWaits. As a developer of talent, Alan has produced and directed a series of interdisciplinary concerts entitled Canadian Cabaret along with various other events which promotes and fosters new and underexposed talent from within the region. This past June 2013, BCLA premiered the Kamloops THRiVE Festival – a grand multi-disciplinary event designed and led by Alan Corbishley.
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. Alan won a prestigious Canada Council Grant to develop a new theatrical production based on the life of Charlie Chaplin entitled Silent Chap which had its world premiere within Western Canada Theatre’s 2013/14 main stage season with Alan as director for the production.
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. 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 including 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. He was also invited to study with 12 singers from around the globe to study in France for a one-year apprenticeship program.
Alan has also performed with the following companies: Boston Symphony, Connecticut Grand Opera, Calgary Opera, Prince George Symphony, and of course The Kamloops Symphony on several occasions. Alan is one of the founding and core faculty members at the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI).