Evan Korbut | Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Evan Korbut is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe performer born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. He began studying at Western University in 2007, completed his Bachelor’s degree in music (voice performance) in 2011, and completed his Master’s degree in music (voice) in 2014.

Various credits include productions of Die Fledermaus as Eisenstein, The Merry Widow as Danilo, Cosi Fan Tutte as Guglielmo, La Bohème as Marcello, The Rape of Lucretia as Tarquinius/Junius, Cenerentola as Dandini, Le Nozze Di Figaro as Figaro/Count Almaviva, L’Italiana in Algeri as Taddeo, La Clemenza di Tito as Publio, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe as Jaimie Paul, Fierabras as Roland, Rise and Fall of the city of Mahagonny as Moses, and Simms/Spirit Chorus in Shanawdithit, Owl in The Flight of the Hummingbird, and Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur.

A Breakfast for Barbarians (music by Ian Cusson) /A Diametric Legacy: Colonized and Colonizer (working title)

As an Indigenous artist with settler heritage, I seek create a photo project where the primary subject is myself, exploring both industrial areas and natural areas, evoking a parallel to my complex biracial heritage. In addition, Perri Lo and I will be performing Ian Cusson's song cycle "A Breakfast for Barbarians," the audio of which will accompany a slide show of still images of the photo project.

It was a much-needed helping hand in one of the most challenging times in my career, and for the profession as a whole. My most persistent internal question during a time of unprecedented artistic dearth was "Am I still an artist?" It helped me definitively answer that question: Yes. Yes I am.

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Evan Korbut's residency was generously supported by the Slaight Family Foundation Scholarships.