Alan Opie


"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"

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Baritone Alan Opie has appeared as 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; Balstrode in Peter Grimes with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and in San Francisco; 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.

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 Rusalka. Recent roles for English National Opera include Germont, Doctor Bartolo, and creating the role of The Pathologist in Iain Bell’s new opera Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.

In the 2019/20 season Alan Opie returns to the Metropolitan Opera to perform Le Bailli Werther.

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

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'Opera for All' Gala

English National Opera (October 2018)

Individual contributions shone: ... Alan Opie as richly resonant and darkly nuanced as ever in a scene from Rigoletto

Henrietta Bredin

La Traviata

English National Opera (March 2018)

It is left to veteran Alan Opie as Giorgio Germont — astonishingly marking his 50th anniversary with the company — to show how words and music are all that is needed to make opera come alive.

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

it’s only when the stalwart Alan Opie comes on as Germont that we enter a believable operatic reality, in response to which Boyle raises her game. The duet-duel is sung with conviction

Michael Church, The Independent

It’s up to the baritone Alan Opie, whose performance as Alfredo’s authoritarian father celebrates 50 years with ENO, to inject some true vocal class, and to fly the flag for the idea that singing opera in English – ENO’s USP – is a good thing

Erica Jeal, The Guardian

Alan Opie rolled back the years to give us a persuasive, moving Germont...with an attention to the words and to the vocal line that should have been an object lesson for all on stage

Roger Parker, Opera Magazine

it takes an old pro, Alan Opie as Germont (marking 50 years with ENO), to get to the heart of Verdi… every word he sings matters

Neil Fisher, The Times

Alan Opie, now with the company for 50 years, gave a lesson in dignity and vocal warmth

Michael Tanner, The Spectator

Providing something close to a model of Verdi singing, however, is Alan Opie, in his 50th year with the company, as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont. Binding notes and words together, he alone maintains the vocal standards in a principal role ENO needs to achieve; his performance is duly received with an ovation.

George Hall, The Stage

The Barber of Seville

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


Metropolitan Opera (March 2017)

Alan Opie sang handsomely as a baritone Arbace.

George Loomis, Opera Magazine

Merry Widow

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 (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 (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

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,

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 (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


Choral Fantasia
Symphony No. 9


Early Songs


L'enfance du Christ


Ein Deutches Requiem


War Requiem
Canticle IV 'The Journey of the Magi'


Beloved Son


Mass of Life Idyll Sea Drift


The Apostles
The Dream of Gerontius
The Kingdom
King Olaf




Samson Daphne & Apollo


Neapolitan Songs


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




Martin's Lie (The Stranger)


Carmina Burana


Gurrelieder (Bauer)






The vision of St. Augustine


Dona Nobis Pacem Sea Symphony Sancta Civitas


Belshazzar’s Feast

Alan Opie Opera Repertoire


Outis (Outis)


For You (Charles Frieth)


Benvenuto Cellini (Fieramosca)
Damnation of Faust (Mephistopheles)


Candide (Pangloss)


The Mask of Orpheus (Aristeus I, Man)


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


Dr Faust (Faust)


Il Maestro di Capella (Il Maestro)


Ulisse (Ulisse)


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


The Beggar’s Opera (Peachum)


HMS Pinafore (Captain Corcoran)


Anna Karenina (Stiva)


Plump Jack (Falstaff)


The Wandering Scholar (Louis)


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


Cunning Little Vixen (Forester)
Makropoulos Case (Kolenaty)


Hary Janos (Hary Janos)


I Pagliacci (Tonio)


Don Quichotte (Sancho Panza)


Sophie’s Choice (The Doctor)


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


La vie Parisienne (Baron)


Paradise Lost (Messias)


The Carmelites (Marquis de la Force)


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


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


South Pacific (Emile de Becque)


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


Madame Mao (Chairman Mao)


The Nose (Kovalyov)


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


Die Fledermaus (Falke/Eisenstein)


Der Rosenkavalier (Faninal)
Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlequin)


Renard (Renard)
Oedipus Rex (Creon/Messenger)


The Knot Garden (Mangus)


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


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)


Die Meistersinger (Beckmesser)
Parsifal (Amfortas)


The Bear (Smirnov)
Troilus & Cressida (Diomede)


Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Trinity Moses)


Es war einmal (Kaspar)

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