Alan Opie

Baritone Alan Opie has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Santa Fe Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden.  He also has performed at the Bayreuth Festival, singing Beckmesser – a role also repeated in Berlin, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna and Turin. At English National Opera he was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ Olivier Award for his performances of Falstaff.

Alan Opie’s operatic appearances have included leading roles for the 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, Beckmesser, Fieramosca (Benvenuto Cellini), Scarpia, The Forester (Cunning Little Vixen), Sharpless, Napoleon (War and Peace), Falstaff, and the world premieres of Berio’s Outis, Michael Berkeley’s For You and Bright Sheng’s Chairman Mao.

Recent performances have included the title role in a new production of The Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera, Sulpice in La fille du régiment with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, an appearance as The Forester with the New York Philharmonic in staged performances of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen, the title role of Gianni Schicchi for Opera Holland Park, London, Frank in Die Fledermaus for Welsh National Opera, Kolenaty in The Makropoulos Case at La Scala,  Candide with Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Falstaff with l’Opera du Rhin, Rigoletto with Opera Australia and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Giorgio Germont in La traviata for San Diego Opera, and Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company.

Alan Opie’s 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. He also has appeared with other 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, Naxos 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; Delius’ Mass of Life; 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 secondGrammy Award.

Current plans include Madama Butterfly with Welsh National Opera, Peter Grimes with the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano and also with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, Britten’s War Requiem and Baron Zeta in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, both at the Festival Hall, London, and recordings of Arthur Sullivan’s serious opera The Beauty Stone and Elgar’s St. Olav  for Chandos.

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