Biography

MIKE FAN is an engaging and versatile Chinese-Canadian opera singer based in Montréal, Québec. Mike has trained in Italy and performed in Canada, Australia, and the United States.

Mike has portrayed nobility, criminals, and even Carmen in drag! Mike’s operatic roles range from Cinderella’s beleaguered father Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon to the drifter Top navigating the American Depression in Copland’s The Tender Land. Beyond opera, Mike also performs musical theatre, oratorio, art song, and jazz including numerous world premieres. Concerts include “Leaving Home” - music of émigré composers ranging from Baroque to jazz standards, all-Italian repertoire for the Concerti Fulmini series presented by the Canadian Italian Heritage Foundation, and art songs for the Eden Mills Arts Festival. An avid linguist, Mike performs in nine languages spanning five centuries with a special interest in Slavic repertoire. Mike has performed with the KW & Guelph Symphony Orchestras, Halifax Summer Opera, Vera Causa Opera, and Opera NUOVA.

Mike is also in demand as a pianist and actor in theatre and film. Mike regularly accompanies as a collaborative pianist at OMFA Provincials, Kiwanis Festivals, and Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. Mike has also performed classical solo and chamber repertoire, music therapy, jazz, pop, and even Disney weddings! Mike’s theatre roles include Snake, Careless, and William in Sheridan’s School for Scandal, Merriman in Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Shakespeare’s Malvolio, Theseus, and Mercutio. Film credits include the documentary In Tune filmed at George Brown College, Sulla in a short film adaptation of Čapek’s R.U.R., and short films by Steamworld Entertainment and Merridian Films.

In addition to Mike’s multi-faceted performances, he is an educator of piano, voice, drama, and music theory in addition to science, math, and languages. Mike holds two Honours Bachelor’s degrees in both Biomedical Science with Distinction (BScH, Guelph) and Voice Performance with High Distinction and Double Minors in Italian and German Studies (HBMus, Laurier). Mike also holds two ARCT diplomas from the Royal Conservatory in both Voice and Piano Performance. Mike’s further international training includes the Rossini’s Opera Festival as uditore all’Accademia Rossiniana Alberto Zedda in Pesaro, Italy, and Dr. Michael Warren’s Voice Intensive in New York City, USA. Mike speaks fluent English, Mandarin Chinese, French with proficiency in Italian, German, and Spanish. Mike is currently completing a Masters in Music in Voice and Opera Performance from the Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of dramatic tenor John Mac Master, fully funded with McGill’s Graduate Excellence and Shapiro Opera Fellowships.

Photo: Danillo Laprovidence

Mike Fan ~ At a Glance

Singing Engagements

  • Accademia Rossiniana Alberto Zedda, Rossini Opera Festival
  • Dr. Michael Warren NYC & Toronto Voice Intensives
  • Italian Canadian Heritage Foundation
  • Concerti Fulmini series
  • Kultrún World Music Festival
  • NUMUS
  • Guelph Symphony Orchestra
  • KW Symphony Orchestra Opera Laurier
  • Halifax Summer Opera
  • Opera NUOVA
  • Toronto Vocal Studio
  • Canadian Ambassador Choir
  • Vera Causa Opera
  • Guelph Chinese Performing Arts
  • Guelph Chinese Canadian Culture Association
  • Eden Mills Arts Festival
  • Society for the Archaeology of Ancient Music

Awards

  • 2019-20 ~ Shapiro Fellowship in Opera
  • 2019-20 ~ Schulich School of Music: Graduate Excellence Fellowship
  • 2018-19 ~ Harold & Violet Seegmiller Award
  • 2018-19 ~ Mrs. Iqbal (Bali) Badhwar Memorial Award
  • 2018-19 ~ Concordia Scholarship in German
  • 2018 ~ Ontario Federation of Music Festivals: Provincial Finalist (Voice, National Qualifying Class)
  • 2017-18 ~ William Thomson Scholarship
  • 2017 ~ Ontario Federation of Music Festivals: 1st Place (Advanced Speech Arts)
  • 2014 ~ RCM Gold Medal, Grade 10 Voice
  • 2014 ~ NATS Competition: 1st Place (Mature Beginners)
  • 2013, 2014 ~ College of Biological Science, Roll of Distinction
  • 2010-2013 ~ University of Guelph Dean’s Honours List
  • 2010 ~ University of Guelph Entrance Scholarship
  • 2010 ~ Ontario Scholar
  • 2010 ~ College Avenue Public School Scholarship
  • 2008 ~ Kincardine Summer Music Festival, Chamber Music Scholarship
  • 2007 ~ College Avenue School Letter
  • 2005 ~ College Avenue Public School Music Award
  • 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018 ~ Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph Scholarships: Senior Voice, Senior Piano, Speech Arts (Provincial Finalist)

Education

  • MMus ~ Masters in Music, Opera & Voice Performance (McGill University: Schulich School of Music, 2021)
  • ARCT ~ Speech Arts Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2021)
  • HBMus ~ Honours Bachelor’s in Music (Voice Performance) with High Distinction, Double Minors in Italian & German (Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, 2019)
  • ARCT ~ Voice Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2015)
  • BScH ~ Honours Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science with Distinction (University of Guelph, 2014)
  • OSSD ~ Ontario Scholar (Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute, 2010)
  • ARCT ~ Piano Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2009)

Pianist Engagements

  • Kincardine Summer Music Festival
  • Ontario Federation of Music Festivals
  • KW Kiwanis Music Festival
  • Kiwanis Music Festivals of Guelph
  • Eta Pi Society
  • Weston Terrace
  • Royal on Gordon
  • The Elliott Community
  • St. Joseph’s Health Centre
  • Factory 163
  • The Women of Broadway and Beyond
  • Meistersingers Choir
  • Weddings in Acton & Kitchener-Waterloo

Teaching Engagements

  • The Studio of Mike Fan ~ Voice, Piano, Music Theory, Maths, Sciences, ESL, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier University ~ German 110 & 111
  • The Canadian Independent College ~ Chemistry 4U
  • Community Living Guelph Wellington ~ Passport Tutoring: continuing education
  • The Kratovic School of Music ~ Voice, Piano, Music Theory
  • The Octave Music Centre ~ Voice, Piano, Music Theory
  • Yamaha Children’s Music Academy ~ Piano, Music Theory
  • JamSchool ~ Piano, Music Theory

Acting Engagements

  • Merridian Films
  • SteamWorld Entertainment
  • Student Budget Productions
  • Memory Tree Productions
  • College Avenue Productions