Sophie M. Bisson
Sophie Bisson is an opera singer and a doctoral candidate at York University where she is a graduate research associate of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies (RCCS) and co-editor of RCCS’s Canada Watch (spring 2022 edition). She is also the creator and editor of the online Encyclopedia of Canadian Opera (spring 2022).
A recipient of the Sunnuz Sarah Taheri Graduate Award in Fine Arts and a Helen Carswell Research Grant, she has written numerous reviews and articles featuring Canadian musical content. She has presented on topics that include how institutional policies influence the creation of opera in Canada, re-righting the wrongs of Louis Riel’s Kuyas, the evolution and themes of the Canadian aria, and articles on the revival of Claude Vivier’s opera Kopernikus. She also presents on and guides others through the challenges and possible solutions for disseminating large-scale digital humanities projects in music and in the arts in general.
Sophie’s dissertation examines the representation of women in nine twenty-first century Canadian operas and her Helen Carswell research project revisits Canadian operatic history with an inclusive lens to highlight Black opera companies, works, and artists.
Sophie is the creator and editor of the forthcoming Online Encyclopedia of Canadian Opera, slated for release in fall 2021. The Online Encyclopedia of Canadian Opera aims to be the most comprehensive searchable database on the Canadian operatic repertoire in the world. The repertoire, which now counts almost 500 operas, is searchable via numerous parameters built with the advancement of Canadian opera expertise in mind. The encyclopedia will serve as a tool for all performers, music departments, and opera companies to discover, research, and perform arias or entire operas. The encyclopedia will also feature a submission page for composers to submit their work and will feature a built-in purchasing platform for scores.