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Alan Ewing



Alan Ewing in action.
Alan Ewing as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

Irish bass Alan Ewing made his Royal Opera debut in 1993 as Hans Schwarz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He has since sung Second Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte), Agravain (Gawain), Foka (The Enchantress in concert), Second Soldier (Salome), Zuniga (Carmen), Hotel Manager/Duke (Powder Her Face), Lord Fortune (Miss Fortune), Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest), Archbishop (Król Roger) and several roles in The Nose. He returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Bosun (Billy Budd) and Frontier Guard (Boris Godunov).

Ewing began his career in early music, performing under such conductors as William Christie, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski and Roger Norrington. He has sung for opera companies including English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Opéra national du Rhin, Zürich Opera, Berlin State Opera, Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy, and Opera Colorado, in Karlsruhe, Strasbourg and Lille and at the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh and Lucerne festivals.

Ewing’s operatic repertory includes Seneca (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Rocco (Fidelio), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Heinrich I (Lohengrin), Fafner (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier), Kutuzov (War and Peace), Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Lady Bracknell. He performs widely in concert and oratorio, including The Dream of Gerontius with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Oramo.

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