Betty Waynne Allison  soprano


Critical Acclaim

“As the opera’s towering centre of attention, Gloriana, the Queen herself, Betty Waynne Allison gives a performance of great theatrical presence and vocal sophistication. Gifted with a commanding dramatic soprano, Allison, essentially omnipresent in all three acts,  more than surmounts the daunting vocal challenges of the role. There is a dignity and grace in this voice overlaid with a robust athleticism capable of pivoting from soft sentiment to steely purpose on the edge of an emotional dime. The BC-based singer’s Elizabeth is as tender as she is imposing, as vulnerable as she is triumphant, Allison’s clear unaffected instrument slicing to the core of the Queen’s anguish. It is a remarkable achievement.”

                                                             OPERA GOING TORONTO


“As Mary, the soprano Betty Waynne Allison coped brilliantly with the demands of a role that kept her on stage from beginning to end.  Completely believable as a demure yet strong-willed young lady, she sang throughout with bright, cleanly focused tone and hit her high notes squarely on pitch.”

                                                              Bernard Jacobson  - OPERA

“Betty Waynne Allison sang the role of Susannah Polk with power, accuracy and uncluttered musical directness that spoke volumes about her character. She conveyed the character's wide range of emotions without melodrama, making stirring music with the compelling, tuneful "Ain't It a Pretty Night" and "The Trees on the Mountain."

                                            Elaine Schmidt  - JOURNAL SENTINEL

“...however, as Sharp Ears, I preferred soprano Betty Allison’s convincingly foxy movements, her sly vocal style and her well-rounded characterization.”


“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 package." 

John Coulbourn - TORONTO SUN

“The star of Monday night's performance 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……. Fortunately, Allison is back on June 21 – an ideal opportunity to catch an exceptional talent in the making."

John Terauds - TORONTO STAR

“Alison has a creamy, secure soprano voice of considerable range.”

Michael Crabb - CBC RADIO 1 (Toronto: Here and Now)

“Soprano Betty Allison's Fiordiligi displays and arching, bell like voice of exciting timbre.”

Paula Citron  

“...a notable exception is Sharp-Ears herself, sung with lively presence by soprano Betty Allison."


“...especially Violetta's maid, Annina (the rich-voiced soprano Betty Waynne Allison)." 


“The last of the singers - and certainly not least - was third year member soprano Betty Allison. She sang the exacting "Come scoglio" from Cosi fan tutte with beautiful, focused tone, well controlled vibrato, sure sense of pitch, and admirable fioratura."