Allison Oakes

Allison Oakes (c) Fiona MacPherson

 Allison Oakes was recognized internationally when taking over at short notice the title role of Salome at Deutsche Oper Berlin with Stefan Blunier conducting and at Staatsoper Hamburg with Kent Nagano conducting and especially singing an outstanding Isolde in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi Trieste. At Bayreuth Festival 2017 she appeared as Gutrune in Götterdämmerung with Marek Janowski conducting. Her engagements in 2017/18 include her role debut as Walküre-Brünnhilde in a concert performance of the 3rd act at Berliner Philharmonie as well as her debut at Metropolitan Opera New York as Chrysothemis in Elektra. Future projects are Marietta in Die Tote Stadt, her role debut as Ariadne auf Naxos as well as Venus and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at opera houses like Staatsoper Hamburg and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

2016/17 Allison made her debut as Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) in Dortmund and sang Salome at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cape Town Opera and the Hamburg State Opera.In 2016 she continued as Gutrune in Bayreuth under the baton of Marek Janowski. Between 2013 and 2015, Allison sang the role of Gerhilde in Die Walkuere, Gutrune in Goetterdaemmerung and Freia in Das Rheingold in the current Frank Castorf Bayreuth Ring Cycle under the musical direction of Kiril Petrenko.

Since 2010, her career has taken her all over the world as a freelance soprano but she has made her base in Berlin, Germany. During this time Allison has sang: MISS JESSEL (The Turn of the Screw) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (conductor Jeffrey Tate) and at Opera Frankfurt. ROSALINDE (Die Fledermaus) at Staatstheater Darmstadt (conductor Constantin Trinks), ELSA (Lohengrin) at Theater Regensburg, Theater Coburg and Theater Basel (conductor Axel Kober), MARIETTA (Die tote Stadt) at Theater Regensburg, TOSCA at Theater Muenster (conductor Fabrizio Ventura), MARSCHALLIN (Der Rosenkavalier) at Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, SENTA (Der fliegende Hollaender) at Wuppertaler Buehnen, the Boston Lyric Opera and Theater St. Gallen, CHRYSOTHEMIS (Elektra) at Theater Regensburg and Staatstheater Nuernberg (conductor Marcus Bosch), MARIE (Wozzeck) at Opéra de Dijon with the SWR Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra (conductor Enrico Pomarico), ISOLDE (Tristan und Isolde) at Oper Dortmund (conductor Gabriel Feltz) and SALOME at Staatstheater Oldenburg, Theater Muenster, Konzerttheater Bern (conductor Kevin John Edusei), Deutsche Oper Berlin (conductor Alain Altinoglu), Cape Town Opera (conductor Gerard Korsten), Staatsoper Hamburg (conductor Kent Nagano).

From 2006 until 2009, directly following her studies, Allison became an artist in residence at Staatstheater Darmstadt, singing principal roles such as TOSCA, LEONORA (Il Trovatore), MARGARITA (in the European Premiere of Osvaldo Golijovs contemporary opera Ainadamar), ELISABETTA (Don Carlos) and MARIE (Die Verkaufte Braut) under the baton of Stefan Blunier and Lukas Beikircher.

Alongside her professional stage performance, Allison has also participated in international vocal competitions where she has won numerous prizes including the first prize, the audience prize and the orchestral prize at the International Lauritz-Melchior Wagner Competition 2010 in Denmark and the first prize and audience prize at the International Robert-Stolz Singing Competition 2005 in Hamburg.

British born Allison Oakes first qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer before studying music in Germany. Her vocal studies were with Professor Gudrun Fischer and she completed her studies with a first class degree and post-graduate certificate with distinction.

2017/18

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