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Alan Oke

Tenor

Biography

British tenor Alan Oke made his Royal Opera debut in 1983 as Jester (Maxwell Davies’s Taverner). He returned in 2003 to sing First Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte) and has since sung Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi), J. Howard Marshall II (Anna Nicole, world premiere), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Tinca (Il tabarro), Hiereus (The Minotaur), Father Confessor (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Shepherd (Oedipe) for The Royal Opera. He returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Loge (Das Rheingold).

Oke was born in London and raised in Scotland. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and went on to further studies with Hans Hotter in Munich. He began his career as a baritone, making the transition to tenor in 1992. His repertory includes Rodolfo (La bohème), Alfredo (La traviata), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Števa Buryja (Jenufa), Boris (Kát’a Kabanová), Gandhi (Satyagraha), Captain Vere (Billy Budd), Gustav von Aschenbach (Death in Venice), Sellem (The Rake’s Progress), the four servants (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Schoolmaster (The Cunning Little Vixen). He has sung for such companies as Glyndebourne Festival, Scottish Opera, Opera North, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Metropolitan Opera, New York, in addition to appearances at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bregenz and Ravenna festivals and the BBC Proms.

Oke is a leading interpreter of 20th-century and contemporary repertory, with engagements including Chairman Mao (Nixon in China) for the BBC Proms and the Berlin Festival, Caliban (The Tempest) for the Metropolitan Opera and Prince/Manservant/Marquis (Lulu) and the Major (Figaro Gets a Divorce) for Welsh National Opera. In 2013 he made his role debut as Peter Grimes on the beach at Aldeburgh for Aldeburgh Festival.