Barry Gilson is co-libretitst and co-designer, with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, of The Flight of the Hummingbird, a new opera for young audiences, co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera.
Barry was born and raised in Thorne, South Yorkshire, England. His ancestors are thought
to be Viking, but his name can be traced back to the village of Kilmersdon in Somerset
where Jack and Jill climbed the hill (Jill’s son = Gilson).
He is the principal of award-winning architectural interiors company RED Design. He is a highly experienced Operations Executive who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets and fast-paced environments. Barry has strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 35 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development, design, project management and facilities planning.
From his teenage years in musical theatre to roles as President of the Burnaby Art Gallery, founding member of a theatre company, and partner in Y Public Art with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, he has made the arts a major part of his life.