Tenor Alan Oke studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow and with Hans Hotter in Munich. Following a successful career as a baritone he made his debut as a tenor in 1992, and since has covered much of the tenor repertoire, including Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème, Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Steva in Janáček’s Jenůfa, Boris in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, M.K. Gandhi in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, The Four Servants in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, and Schoolteacher in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. He has worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Scottish Opera; Opera North; The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; English National Opera; Canadian Opera Company; and The Metropolitan Opera, and appeared at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bregenz, and Ravenna festivals and the BBC Proms. Last season he sang his first Valzacchi in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at The Met.
Recently he has established a reputation for 20th-century and contemporary repertoire, including the roles of Chairman Mao in John Adams’s Nixon in China (BBC Proms and Berlin Festival), Caliban in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest (The Met), Hiereus / The Translator in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur and Old Man Marshall in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole (Royal Opera), and Prince / Manservant / Marquis in Berg’s Lulu (Welsh National Opera). He sang his first Peter Grimes for the Aldeburgh Festival as part of their Britten centenary, adding to his interpretation of Aschenbach in the composer’s Death in Venice. He made his role debut as Captain Vere in Britten’s Billy Budd at the Teatro Carlo Felice; last season he reprised the role with Opera North in Leeds and at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Engagements this season and beyond include Janáček’s From the House of the Dead with Welsh National Opera, Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce at Teatr Wielki Poznan and Grand Théâtre de Genève, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Netherlands Opera, and a return to the Royal Opera.