Soprano Sally Dibblee continues to enjoy success on stages and concert halls throughout North America. She opened the 2011-2012 season as Nedda in I pagliacci and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Calgary Opera. Last season’s engagements included her return to the Mineria Orchestra for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, her role debut as Lucia di Lammermoor in Calgary, and Nedda in I pagliacci in Ontario. Upcoming engagements include her role debut as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda for Opera Pacific Victoria.
In the past decade, Miss Dibblee has been heard as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China in for the Vancouver Opera Desdemona in Otello for the Edmonton Opera. Violetta in La traviata in New Brunswick, Nedda in I pagliacci for the Vancouver Opera, her role debut as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly for Opera Pacific Victoria, Mimi in La bohème with the Toronto Symphony, Atlanta, Hamilton, and Arizona Operas, Musetta in the same opus in Toronto, Vancouver, and with Opera Ontario, Liu in Turandot in New Orleans, Louisville, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opera Ontario, Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello in Ottawa and Manitoba, Micaela in Carmen in New Orleans, Blanche in The Dialogues of the Carmelites in Calgary, the title role of The Ballad of Baby Doe for the Utah Opera, Violetta in La traviata in Calgary and for Opera Pacific Victoria, Nedda in I Pagliacci in Vancouver, Opera Pacific in Costa Mesa, Marguerite in Faust with in Utah and Winnipeg, She joined the Richard Eaton Singers for Verdi’s Messa da requiem, and the Mineria Orchestra in Mexico City for Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Acclaimed by Vancouver critics for her “floating high pianissimos” and “tender, rapturous, and pure” singing the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Miss Dibblee reprised this role for Opera Ontario and Opera in Concert. In the summer of 2000 Miss Dibblee created the role of Blossom in Game Misconduct, a new opera by composer Leslie Uyeda for Festival Vancouver.
Miss Dibblee’s Canadian career has included Susanna in Edmonton’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, Marguerite in Faust with Winnipeg Opera and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Calgary Opera. She also starred in a series of gala concerts for the Canadian Opera Company and repeated her celebrated Carmina Burana in Halifax.
Earlier in the Canadian soprano’s career she has been the Governess in The Turn of the Screw with Manitoba Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Despina in Cosí fan tutte for Opera Ontario in Kitchener and Hamilton. A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Miss Dibblee made her COC main stage debut as Frasquita in Carmen, followed by the leading role of Camilla in the world premiere of Randolph Peters’ Nosferatu, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. She triumphed at short notice as Pamina in Calgary Opera’s Die Zauberflöte and has been a guest artist at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.
On the concert stage, she has performed Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Utah Symphony, Verdi’s Messa da Requeim at the Elora Festival in Toronto, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem with the Calgary Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah for the Winnipeg Symphony, the Elora Festival Singers, and the Bach-Elgar Choir of Hamilton. Carmina Burana has been her starring vehicle with the Edmonton Symphony, Kingston Symphony, Bach-Elgar Choir, Halifax Symphony, Opera Pacific in California, and the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto. Audiences for the Huronia and North York symphonies have enjoyed Miss Dibblee in programs devoted to the music of Barber and Puccini, and she appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem for Chorus Niagara in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. An avid recitalist, Miss Dibblee appears often with The Aldeburgh Connection in Toronto, on the CBC, and at the Elora Festival. She has given recitals the Indian River Festival, the Waterloo Entertainment Centre, and in Edmonton, Calgary and Fredrickton. Le Souvenir: Canadian Songs for Parlour and Stage, a recording of Canadian Heritage Songs, is available on the CBC Centredisc label.