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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. Early engagements included Rodolfo (La bohème) and Boris (Kát’a Kabanová) for Opera North, Rodolfo (Luisa Miller) for Opera Holland Park and Števa Buryja (Jenůfa) for Opera Zuid. Oke’s engagements since include Gandhi (Glass’s Satyagraha) for English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Caliban (The Tempest) and Vítek (The Makropulos Case) for the Metropolitan Opera, Skuratov (From the House of the Dead) for Opera North, Schoolmaster (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Prince/Manservant/Marquis (Lulu) for Welsh National Opera and Gustav von Aschenbach (Death in Venice) for Opera North, in Lyons and Toronto and at the Aldeburgh and Bregenz festivals.

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.

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 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