Alan Opie


Alan Opie

Baritone Alan Opie is a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera New York, La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Santa Fe Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. At ENO he was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ Olivier Award for his performance of Falstaff.

His performances include Madama Butterfly with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Candide with Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Falstaff with l’Opera du Rhin; Rigoletto with Opera North and Opera Company of Philadelphia and Tosca with Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.

His extensive concert work has included performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in San Francisco and Dallas; Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in Dallas and Carnegie Hall; Britten’s War Requiem in Washington, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony in Los Angeles, Elgar’s The Kingdom with the Halle Orchestra in honour of the 150th anniversary of Elgar’s birth and Apostles as part of the BBC Proms 2007 season.

Alan Opie’s operatic appearances have also include leading roles for the Bayreuth Festival Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin Paris Opera Bastille and Theatre Musical du Chatelet and the opera houses of Chicago, Los Angeles,Amsterdam, Brussels, Florence, Cagliari, Spoleto, Strasbourg and Oslo among others.

His roles with these companies have included Rigoletto, Giorgio Germont, Balstrode, Baritone roles (Death in Venice), Beckmesser, Fieramosca (Benvenuto Cellini), Scarpia, The Forester (Cunning Little Vixen), Sharpless, Napoleon, Falstaff and the world premieres of Berio’s Outis and Bright Sheng’s Chairman Mao.

He has also appeared with many leading orchestras including the Symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco as well as the Israel Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Dusseldorf Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, RAI Turin, BBC Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia and BBC Philharmonic.

Alan Opie has recorded for CBS, EMI, Hyperion, Chandos, and Decca. Releases include Alan Opie Sings Bel Canto Arias, Britten’s Gloriana, Albert Herring, Peter Grimes for which he received a Grammy Award, Death in Venice and The Rape of Lucretia; the title role in Dallapiccola’s Ulisse; Tonio in I Pagliacci; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor; the role of Smirnov in Walton’s The Bear, Ernani, Il Trovatore, the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under Sir Georg Solti for which he received his second Grammy award.

Recent appearances have included the leading role in the world premiere of Michael Berkeley’s opera For You at the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden and UK tour, his return to La Scala as Kolenaty in The Makropoulos Case and singing the title role in Falstaff for Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg.

Future plans include a return to Opera Australia in the title role of Rigoletto and singing Falstaff at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires.  He will appear with the Bergen Philharmonic  Orchestra to sing Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen & with the New York Philharmonic where he will sing the role of The Forester in staged performances of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen in a production conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Doug Fitch.

Alan Opie