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Alan Oke

Tenor

Biography

Alan Oke in action.
Alan Oke in Peter Grimes, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2011

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), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Tinca (Il tabarro), Hiereus (The Minotaur) and Father Confessor (Dialogues des Carmélites) for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing J. Howard Marshall II.

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 (Jenůfa), Boris (Kát’a Kabanová), Gandhi (Satyagraha), Gustav von Aschenbach (Death in Venice), 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, 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) for Welsh National Opera. In 2013 he made his role debut as Peter Grimes on the beach at Aldeburgh for Aldeburgh Festival. Oke lives in Edinburgh and is an ardent cinema fan.

Videos

Photos

Sally Matthews and Alan Oke in rehearsals for Dialogues des carmélites © Stephen Cummiskey

Emma Bell and Alan Oke in rehearsals for Dialogues des carmélites © Stephen Cummiskey

Alan Oke as Father Confessor in Dialogues des Carmélites © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2014

Alan Oke as Old Man Marshall and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Cooper

Danielle Meeham as reporter, Alan Oke as Old Man Marshall and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Cooper

Alan Oke as J.Howard Marshall, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole, Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Alan Oke in Peter Grimes, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2011

Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall, Eva Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall, Eva Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Charlie Jerman as Young Daniel in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Francesco Demuro, Alan Oke, Peter Curtis, Robert Poulton, Gwynne Howell and Lucio Gallo in Gianni Schicchi (Il trittico), The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Francesco Demuro as Rinuccio, Alan Oke as Gherardo, Robert Poulton as Marco, Gwynne Howell as Simone, Lucio Gallo as Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Rebecca Evans as Nella, Alan Oke as Gherardo, Francesco Demuro as Rinuccio, Robert Poulton as Marco, Elena Zilio as Zita, Gwynne Howell as Simone, Marie McLaughlin as La Ciesca and Jeremy White as Betto Di Signa in Gianni Schicchi © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Alan Oke

Haovin Xue as Brighella, Ji-Min Park as Scaramuccio, Alan Oke as Dancing Master and Gillian Keith as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera © ROH / Clive Barda 2008