Alan Oke studied at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and with Hans Hotter in Munich. Following a successful career as a baritone, he made his tenor debut in 1992. Since then he has performed roles including Rodolfo (Puccini’s La bohème), Alfredo (Verdi’s La Traviata), Pinkerton (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), Steva (Janáček’s Jenůfa), Boris (Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová), M.K. Gandhi (Philip Glass’s Satyagraha), Valzacchi (R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier), The Four Servants (Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann), and Schoolteacher (Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen). He has appeared at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, The Metropolitan Opera, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bregenz, and Ravenna festivals and BBC Proms. He recently created the role of Rookie in the World Premiere of David Sawer’s The Skating Rink for Garsington Opera.
Mr. Oke has established a reputation in 20th-century and contemporary repertoire, including Chairman Mao in John Adams’s Nixon in China for the BBC Proms and Berlin Festival; Caliban in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest for The Met, Hiereus / The Translator in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, Old Man Marshall in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole for Royal Opera, and Prince / Manservant / Marquis in Berg’s Lulu for Welsh National Opera. His appearances in Britten operas include Peter Grimes and Death in Venice (as Aschenbach) at the Aldeburgh Festival, and Billy Budd, as Captain Vere, first at the Teatro Carlo Felice and later at Opera North and the Aldeburgh Festival.
Current season highlights include singing Loge in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Royal Opera, Shepherd in Enescu’s Oedipe for Dutch National Opera, Captain Vere for Polish National Opera, a return to the Aix-en-Provence Festival, as well as his New York Philharmonic debut in the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state. Future engagements include the Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Opera.