Allison Oakes

Allison Oakes (c) Fiona MacPherson

 In the past season Allison Oakes established her reputation as one of the new leading dramatic sopranos with her debut as Brünnhilde in a concert performance of Die Walküre under the baton of Donald Runnicles in Berlin, and her debuts as Chrysothemis in Strauss` Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and as Isolde with Adam Fischer conducting at the Wagner Festival in Budapest.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include a Wagner-concert at the Ravello Festival as well as her debut in the role of Brünnhilde in a concert performance of Siegfried at the Philharmonie in Berlin, under the baton of Donald Runnicles. She will also sing Marietta in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt in Hamburg and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung. The Deutsche Oper Berlin will present her as Salome and as Venus/Elisabeth in Tannhäuser. The 2018/19 season will also see Ms. Oakes’ role debut as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, while and Oper Köln will present her in a new production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. On the concert stage, Ms. Oake’s will make her UK debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performing Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder.

Allison Oakes drew international attention in the 2016/17 season when she stepped in on short notice to sing the title role of Salome at both the Deutsche Oper Berlin (with Stefan Blunier conducting) and the Staatsoper Hamburg (under the baton of Kent Nagano), as well as for her outstanding presentation of Isolde in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi Trieste. At 2017 Bayreuth Festival she appeared as Gutrune in Götterdämmerung with Marek Janowski conducting. From 2013 to 2015 she sang Gerhilde in Die Walküre and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung under the musical director Kirill Petrenko and directed by Frank Castorf in Bayreuth.

Since 2010 Ms. Oakes’ career has taken her all over the world as a freelance soprano but she has made her base in Berlin, Germany. During this time she has sung: Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (conductor Jeffrey Tate) and at the Oper 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 Münster (conductor Fabrizio Ventura), Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) at Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) at Wuppertaler Bühnen, the Boston Lyric Opera and Theater St. Gallen, Chrysothemis (Elektra) at Theater Regensburg and Staatstheater Nürnberg (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 Münster, Konzerttheater Bern (conductor Kevin John Edusei), Deutsche Oper Berlin (conductor Alain Altinoglu), Cape Town Opera (conductor Gerard Korsten) and Staatsoper Hamburg (conductor Kent Nagano).

From 2006 until 2009, directly following her studies, Ms Oakes’ 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 (The Bartered Bride) under the baton of Stefan Blunier and Lukas Beikircher.

Alongside her professional stage performance, Ms. Oakes has also participated in international vocal competitions where she has won numerous awards 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.

Born in the UK, 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.


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