Giselle Allen

Soprano

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Soprano Giselle Allen begins Season 2018-19 returning to Opera North in the title role Tosca. The artist also appears at Royal Festival Hall with The Bach Choir in a remembrance concert including Elgar’s The Spirit of England. She returns to Welsh National Opera in the role of Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul.

Last season saw the artist in performances at Nevill Holt Opera as Tosca, reviving a previous season’s success in Northern Ireland Opera’s production directed by Oliver Mears and conducted by Nicholas Chalmers. At Opera North she sang Mila Osud and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana as part of their autumn season ‘The Little Greats’, a series of six short operas presented on tour in the UK. In concert at the Sage, Gateshead, Giselle appeared in the title role Salome garnering the admiration of colleagues and audience alike.

Recent career highlights include Ellen Orford Peter Grimes at Bergen International Festival under the baton of Ed Gardner, a role she previously sang at Opera North, at Berlin’s Komische Oper and in the renowned 2013 Snape Maltings production on the beach at Aldeburgh (broadcast on BBC4 and released on DVD); and several roles in Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Gutrune, Gerhilde and Freia in the celebrated Opera North production of 2016, which toured the UK and was broadcast live on BBC4.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Giselle Allen has appeared in many productions with Northern Ireland Opera, including Mimi La Boheme and Salome, a portrayal that won her exceptional reviews. She added Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw to her list of NI Opera roles (a role she also sang at Glyndebourne Festival), and appeared there as Senta Der Fliegende Höllander and in the title role of Rusalka.

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Tosca, Opera North

September 2018

Allen wonderfully captures the vulnerability that lurks beneath Tosca’s self-dramatising temperament

The Guardian, Tim Ashley, 17 September 2018

…Scarpia receives his intended rape-victim Tosca – here the superb Giselle Allen – not in his office, but lounging complacently on a day-bed…Allen’s "Vissi d’arte" is a moving retrospective evocation of a life lived in the service of art.

The Independent, Michael Church, 17 September, 2018

Giselle Allen displayed considerable acting skills as Tosca... Her fiery, slinky Tosca, sometimes on the edge of hysteria, is truly memorable. “Vissi d’arte” was sung very much from the heart, beginning when she was horizontal in Scarpia’s den of a bedroom. When Scarpia forces her to watch her lover being tortured on the screen of his laptop, she was convincingly horrified and alarmed.

Bachtrack, Richard Wilcocks, 17 September, 2018

Initially haughty and stand-offish, she’s a winning stage presence, the occasional edge to her voice making her Tosca all the more human. Importantly, she can sing beautifully at high volume.

The Arts Desk, Graham Rickson, 17 September 2018

Giselle Allen's Reviews

Giselle Allen Reviews

Giselle Allen's Opera Repertoire

BERG

WOZZECK (Marie)

BRITTEN

PETER GRIMES Ellen Orford
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Helena
TURN OF THE SCREW Miss Jessel

Dvorak

RUSALKA Rusalka

JANACEK

THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN Fox
JENUFA Jenufa
KAT’A KABANOVA Kat’a
OSUD Míla

FIBICH

SARKA Svatava

MASCAGNI

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Santuzza

MASSENET

HERODIADE Salome

MOZART

DON GIOVANNI Donna Elvira
COSI FAN TUTTE Fiordiligi
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Vitellia
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Countess

MUSSORGSKY

SOROCHINSKY FAIR Parassia

OFFENBACH

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN Giulietta

PUCCINI

SUOR ANGELICA Suor Angelica
LA BOHEME Mimi/Musetta
TOSCA Tosca

SMETANA

THE BARTERED BRIDE Marenka

R. STRAUSS

SALOME Salome

TCHAIKOVSKY

EUGENE ONEGIN Tatyana
PIQUE DAME Lisa

TIPPETT

A MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE Jennifer

VERDI

OTELLO Desdemona (excerpts)

WALTON

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA Cressida

WAGNER

DAS RHEINGOLD Freia/Wellgunde
DIE WALKÜRE Gerhilde
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Gutrune
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER Senta

WEILL

RISE & FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY Jenny

WEINBERG

THE PASSENGER Martha

Giselle Allen's Concert Repertoire

BEETHOVEN

MISSA SOLEMNIS
SYMPHONY 9 

BRITTEN

OUR HUNTING FATHERS

DVORAK

TE DEUM
STABAT MATER

HANDEL

MESSIAH

JANACEK

GLAGOLITIC MASS

MAHLER

SYMPHONY 4
SYMPHONY 8

MENDELSSOHN

ELIJAH

MOZART

REQUIEM

POULENC

GLORIA

SIBELIUS

LUONNOTAR

VERDI

REQUIEM

WAGNER

LIEBESTOD

RACHMANINOFF

THE BELLS

SZYMANOWSKI

STABAT MATER

TIPPETT

CHILD OF OUR TIME

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