Japanese-Canadian soprano Ai Horton is praised for her pure, crystalline tone and versatility as a performer. She made her operatic debut as “Suor Osmina / Conversa” in Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the 2017 Amalfi Coast Music Festival, and was the soprano soloist for Bach on the Rock’s performance of Handel’s Messiah in both 2017 and 2018.
Her varied concert repertoire includes the arias of Vivaldi and Mozart, traditional Japanese Minyo, and Luciano Berio’s sound documentary: A-Ronne.
Ai holds a Bachelor of Music in Secondary Music Education and Voice from the University of Victoria and aims to create community and belonging through shared musical experience as both a performer and an educator. She is currently an active member of the Pacific Opera Victoria chorus and appeared as “Alms Sister 2″ in Puccini’s Il Trittico for their 2019-2020 season. Ai has been awarded numerous scholarships for her excellence in music, including the Mary M. & Erich P. Schwann Scholarship, the Bea Scott Scholarship in Voice, the Emily Apinis-Grundstein Scholarship, the Loma Cornwell Davis Scholarship, and the Bruce & Connie More Choral Music Scholarship. She was recently a recipient of a Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship, enabling a period of advanced vocal study in Salzburg at the Universität Mozarteum.
Upcoming engagements (postponed due to COVID-19) include Mozart’s Requiem with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus and Brahm’s Requiem with the CapriCCio vocal ensemble.