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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
  • 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 and Carnegie Hall; Britten’s War Requiem in Washington, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony in Los Angeles, Elgar’s The Kingdom with the Halle Orchestra and 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 both the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski and Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano. He returned to Welsh National Opera (La Traviata), performed Elgar’s Oratorio King Olav with the Bergen Philharmonic under Sir Andrew Davis with a recording for Chandos, as well as Peter Grimes with San Francisco Symphony.

    Current engagements include his return to Metropolitan Opera (Death of Klinghoffer and Merry Widow) Belshazzar’s Feast with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Dream of Gerontius with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 ****
    • Merry Widow, Philharmonia Orchestra
      Royal Festival Hall

      Alan Opie plays a robust Baron Zeta.
      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, WhatsOnStage.com
      There’s plenty of comic life in a cast dominated by Alan Opie’s worldly wise Schicchi.
      Richard Morrison, The Times
  • 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)

    Alan Opie Concert Repertoire

    BEETHOVEN
    • Choral Fantasia
    • Symphony No. 9
    BERG
    • Early Songs
    BERLIOZ
    • L'enfance du Christ
    BRHAMS
    • 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
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