Alan Opie

Baritone

"It was Georgio Germont, with Alan Opie’s interpretation as reliable and as musical as one might expect, who rang truest, and ultimately his sympathy for Violetta and guilt at his earlier intervention was palpable"

Rian Evans, Opera Magazine

"Effortless top notes and scrupulous mastery of style"

Sunday Times

"That master of a thousand characters, Alan Opie"

Musical Opinion

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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. He has also sung at the Bayreuth Festival singing Beckmesser – a role also repeated in Berlin, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna and Turin. At ENO he was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ Olivier Award for his performance of Falstaff.

His extensive concert work has included performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in San Francisco and Dallas; Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in Dallas, Denver and Carnegie Hall; Britten’s War Requiem in Washington, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony in Los Angeles, Elgar’s The Kingdom with the Halle Orchestra; Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Royal Scottish National Symphony; King Olav with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra and the Apostles at the Proms.

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; Smirnov in Walton’s The Bear, Carlo in Ernani, di Luna in Il Trovatore, the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg under Sir Georg Solti for which he received his second Grammy award.

Recent performances include Balstrode with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski, Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano and San Francisco under Michael Tilson Thomas.

Alan Opie sang the title role in The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera and recently returned there to sing Frank Die Fledermaus, Arbace Idomeneo and Gamekeeper Russalka.

He opens the 2017/18 season at the English National Opera with Doctor Bartolo Barber of Seville and a new production of La Traviata by Daniel Kramer

Alan Opie received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013.

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The Barber of Seville, English National Opera

English National Opera (October 2017)

The movement style is pure commedia dell’arte, and the cast includes experienced farceurs led with blustering self-importance and perfect timing by Alan Opie (this production’s original Figaro) as Bartolo.

Michael Church, The Independent

Alan Opie, who amazingly enough sang the title role when the production was new, has great fun in his role debut as the irascible Bartolo, and so do we.

Mark Valencia, What's on Stage

The 30th anniversary of the production was further celebrated by the appearance of Alan Opie, the original Figaro, in the role of Don Bartolo. Opie’s acting was terrific, and his voice remains in excellent shape.

Ditlev Rindom, Opera Magazine

Idomeneo, Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera (March 2017)

Alan Opie sang handsomely as a baritone Arbace.

George Loomis, Opera Magazine

Merry Widow, Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera (April 2015)

Alan Opie acted with class.

Zachary Woolfe, New York Times

Bass Alan Opie, as Baron Mirko Zeta, led the supporting characters. What little singing he had was effective, but his quick delivery of his lines kept the pace going.

George Grella, New York Classical Review

The Death of Klinghoffer, Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera (October 2014)

The baritone Alan Opie sings Leon with an elegant blend of poignancy and feistiness.

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

The part of Leon was created by Sanford Sylvan, and is being sung at the Met by Alan Opie, whose baritone is much darker and rougher than Sylvan’s gentle, silky voice. Opie is devastating in the role. His voice carries gravitas and meaning, and he projects a sound that is very much like that of an old man singing. He is earthy, real, and from the moment he is first heard in Act II, bitterly standing down the terrorists for their cowardice, explosive.

George Grella, New York Classical Review

The eloquent baritone Alan Opie did have a great moment that presumably went a long way to silencing the evening’s protesters.

Manuela Hoelterhoff, Bloomberg

Peter Grimes, London Philharmonic Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra (September 2013)

Alan Opie’s Balstrode personified the old sea dog who had seen all, known all.

Hilary Finch, The Times ****

Gianni Schicchi, Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park

Alan Opie gives a towering, gleeful performance in the title role.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

Alan Opie is a world-class Schicchi.

Warwick Thompson, Metro

Alan Opie, needless to say, stole the show as Schicchi himself, dominating the action from his Jean Gabin-like arrival to the triumphant glee of his cackling farewell.

Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage.com

There’s plenty of comic life in a cast dominated by Alan Opie’s worldly wise Schicchi.

Richard Morrison, The Times

La Traviata, Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Opera (February 2014)

It was Alan Opie, in the role of Germont père, who showed suppleness: his words were given meaning and his voice was full of feeling.

Rian Evans, The Guardian

It was Georgio Germont, with Alan Opie’s interpretation as reliable and as musical as one might expect, who rang truest, and ultimately his sympathy for Violetta and guilt at his earlier intervention was palpable.

Rian Evans, Opera Magazine

Alan Opie Concert Repertoire

BEETHOVEN

Choral Fantasia
Symphony No. 9

BERG

Early Songs

BERLIOZ

L'enfance du Christ

BRAHMS

Ein Deutches Requiem

BRITTEN

War Requiem
Canticle IV 'The Journey of the Magi'

BRUBECK

Beloved Son

DELIUS

Mass of Life Idyll Sea Drift

ELGAR

The Apostles
The Dream of Gerontius
The Kingdom
King Olaf

FAURE

Requiem

HANDEL

Samson Daphne & Apollo

HENZE

Neapolitan Songs

MAHLER

Kindertotenlieder
Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Das Klagende Lied Rückert Lieder Symphony No.8

MENDELSSOHN

Elijah

MENOTTI

Martin's Lie (The Stranger)

ORFF

Carmina Burana

SCHOENBERG

Gurrelieder (Bauer)

STRAVINSKY

Pulcinella

TAYLOR-COLERIDGE

Hiawatha

TIPPETT

The vision of St. Augustine

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Dona Nobis Pacem Sea Symphony Sancta Civitas

WALTON

Belshazzar’s Feast

Alan Opie Opera Repertoire

BERIO

Outis (Outis)

BERKELEY

For You (Charles Frieth)

BERLIOZ

Benvenuto Cellini (Fieramosca)
Damnation of Faust (Mephistopheles)

BERNSTEIN

Candide (Pangloss)

BIRTWISTLE

The Mask of Orpheus (Aristeus I, Man)

BRITTEN

Albert Herring (Mr. Gedge)
Billy Budd (Redburn)
Death in Venice (Baritone roles)
Gloriana (Cecil)
Owen Wingrave (Mr. Coyle)
Peter Grimes (Balstrode)
The Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius/Junius)
War Requiem

BUSONI

Dr Faust (Faust)

CIMAROSA

Il Maestro di Capella (Il Maestro)

DALLAPICCOLA

Ulisse (Ulisse)

DONIZETTI

Maria Stuarda (Cecil)
Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico)
La Fille du Régiment (Sulpice)

GAY

The Beggar’s Opera (Peachum)

GILBERT & SULLIVAN

HMS Pinafore (Captain Corcoran)

IAIN HAMILTON

Anna Karenina (Stiva)

GETTY

Plump Jack (Falstaff)

HOLST

The Wandering Scholar (Louis)

HUMPERDINK

Die Königskinder (Der Spielmann)
Hansel & Gretel (Father)

JANACEK

Cunning Little Vixen (Forester)
Makropoulos Case (Kolenaty)

KODALY

Hary Janos (Hary Janos)

LEONCAVALLO

I Pagliacci (Tonio)

MASSENET

Don Quichotte (Sancho Panza)

NICHOLAS MAW

Sophie’s Choice (The Doctor)

MOZART

Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro/Count)
Cosi fan Tutte (Don Alfonso)
La Clemenza di Tito (Publius)

OFFENBACH

La vie Parisienne (Baron)

PENDERECKI

Paradise Lost (Messias)

POULENC

The Carmelites (Marquis de la Force)

PROKOFIEV

Betrothal in a Monastery (Don Carlos)
War and Peace (Napoleon)

PUCCINI

La Boheme (Marcello)
Madame Butterfly (Sharpless)
Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi)
Tosca (Scarpia)
Turandot (Ping)

RODGERS

South Pacific (Emile de Becque)

ROSSINI

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
Count Ory (Raimbaud)
Cenerentola (Dandini)
Italian Girl in Algiers (Taddeo)
Mose (Faraone)

BRIGHT SHENG

Madame Mao (Chairman Mao)

SHOSTAKOVICH

The Nose (Kovalyov)

SMETANA

The Bartered Bride (Krusina)
The Kiss (Tomes)
The Secret (Kalina)

J.STRAUSS

Die Fledermaus (Falke/Eisenstein)

R.STRAUSS

Der Rosenkavalier (Faninal)
Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlequin)

STRAVINSKY

Renard (Renard)
Oedipus Rex (Creon/Messenger)

TIPPETT

The Knot Garden (Mangus)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Hugh the Drover (John)
Pilgrim’s Progress (Pilgrim)

VERDI

Ernani (Ernani)
Falstaff (Falstaff/Ford)
La Forza del Destino (Melitone)
Simon Boccanegra (Paolo)
Luisa Miller (Miller)
Macbeth (Macbeth)
Nabucco (Nabucco) Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
La Traviata (Germont)

WAGNER

Die Meistersinger (Beckmesser)
Parsifal (Amfortas)

WALTON

The Bear (Smirnov)
Troilus & Cressida (Diomede)

WEILL

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Trinity Moses)

ZEMLINSKY

Es war einmal (Kaspar)

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