Opera News, New York (Toronto Masque Theatre - CD review of "The Lesson of Da Ji")

"The moon sings back to Da Ji, taking the form of both Light Moon, the gently shimmering coloratura of Vania Chan, and Dark Moon, the oddly compelling high-pitched speech-song of William Lau, a Peking opera performer. Chan also sings the role of Da Ji's maid Ming, who is sweet and seemingly guileless until she betrays the lovers."
---Joshua Rosenblum

operaramblings (Soundstreams - Airline Icarus)

"...Vania Chan was both convincing and very musical in negotiating some tricky music."
---John Gilks

barczablog (Voicebox: Opera in Concert – Hippolyte et Aricie)

“Of the immortals, Vania Lizbeth Chan’s Diane made anything seem possible, both in the plot of the opera and her delightful coloratura."

--- Leslie Barcza


Stage Door (Toronto Operetta Theatre – The Land of Smiles)

“…I saw Ms. Chan and she was thoroughly delightful. She has a lovely light soprano and is a very fine actor…When Chan’s Mi realizes that Gustl is not in love with her but is still in love with Lisa, she makes us keenly feel Mi’s utter embarrassment and sorrow. The song “On the Pai-Ho" (“Willst du nicht das Märchen sehen") is meant to lighten the mood after this revelation, but here Chan sings the cheery song not as a change of mood, but as if Mi is trying to cover up the sadness while in Gustl’s presence. I’ve never seen this interpretation before but Chan makes it work brilliantly and it suits the overall theme of “Immer nur lächeln."

--- Christopher Hoile


Toronto Star (Toronto Operetta Theatre – The Land of Smiles)

“…Vania Chan, playing the winsome Princess Mi…gives the best over-all performance of the evening, sweetly sung and dramatically convincing."

--- Richard Ouzounian


Opera Canada (Toronto Masque Theatre – Venus and Adonis/The Lesson of Da Ji)

“Coloratura soprano Vania Chan (Shepherdess/Moon 1) showed a sweet, light voice in the Blow and Peking Opera skills in Da Ji, making a formidable partner with Lau."

--- Paula Citron


Stage Door (Toronto Masque Theatre - The Lesson of Da Ji)

"The only character to sing in Chinese, he is accompanied by Vania Chan, who translates Lau's warnings into English in her vivacious coloratura."

--- Christopher Hoile

Musical Toronto (Toronto Masque Theatre - The Lesson of Da Ji)

"...there are two scenes featuring nice work from local Peking Opera master William Lau and soprano Vania Chan."

--- John Terauds


The Berkshire Eagle (Berkshire Bach Society - RE: Bach BWV 216)

"...the performance was enhanced by the lithe, lively singing of soprano Vania Chan as Neisse and mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney as Pleisse. The two young newcomers to the Bach series handled the sometimes florid parts like veterans..."
--- Andrew L. Pincus


The Coast – Halifax, Nova Scotia (Le Nozze di Figaro)

“The stage presence of these young performers is riveting, especially that of Vania Chan as Susanna, who looks like a minx and sings like an angel."
--- Kate Watson


Halifax Chronicle Herald (Le Nozze di Figaro)

“All the singers are competent and skilled though not all are as brilliant in their performances as Vania Chan. She is a first-rate comedienne, an ideal soubrette with an elfin presence and a quicksilver mind. On stage for much of the opera, she captured our attention and like a real professional managed to animate her scenes without upstaging her colleagues or eating the scenery."
--- Stephen Pedersen


York University Fine Arts News (YFile) – Toronto (York University 50th Anniversary Gala)

“Soprano Vania Chan enchanted those present with her performance as the wind-up doll in Offenbach’s opera The Tales of Hoffmann" .
--- Jenny Pitt-Clark, Y-File editor


La Scena Musicale – Montreal (Wish Opera Launch)

“There were many highlights, but I particularly enjoyed....the crystalline tones of soubrette Vania Chan in Olympia’s Aria."
--- Joseph K. So



Classical 96.3 FM – Toronto (Wish Opera Launch)

“The singing was very impressive…Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Fina, and sopranos Ambur Braid, Sinead Sugrue and Vania Chan were all fresh of voice and presentation.
--- Paula Citron


Opera-L – New York (Gateway Classical Music Society – Opera Highlights)

“Soprano Vania Chan sang a lilting and charming Durch Zartlichkeit und Schmeicheln (with tenderness and coaxing) from Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio in fluent German."

“Vania Chan sang the Doll Song from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann with amusing robot like mechanical movements and dazzled us with her coloratura fireworks."

--- Nino Pantano