Alan Opie British baritone

Alan Opie OBE (born 22 March 1945, Redruth) is a Cornish baritone, primarily known as an opera singer.

Alan Opie British baritone


He attended Truro School and went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University as a choral student in 1963. He also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Opera Centrebefore joining the Sadler’s Wells Opera (now the English National Opera, ENO). He became a Principal Baritone there while still a student.

Opera Career

Opie has also sung with the other major UK opera companies Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Internationally, he has performed in the opera houses of Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Brussels, Berlin, Chicago and Santa Fe and regularly appears at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He has also sung at the Bayreuth Festival. In 1996, Opie switched his status at the ENO from company member to regular guest, enabling him to make his début at La Scala, Milan. There he created the role of Outis in the opera of the same name by Luciano Berio.

He has recorded for CBS, EMI, Hyperion, Chandos and Decca, winning Grammy Awards in 1996 and 1998 for his involvement in, respectively, recordings of Britten’s Peter Grimes and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.


In 1997, his performance in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff earned Opie a nomination for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to music.

Personal life

Page and his wife Kathleen (married since 1970) have a son and a daughter.

Operatic roles

Performed and/or recorded, listed alphabetically:
Aristæus IThe Mask of OrpheusBirtwistle
variousDeath in VeniceBritten
BalstrodePeter GrimesBritten
BeckmesserDie Meistersinger von NürnbergWagner
Chairman MaoMadame MaoBright Sheng
Don AlfonsoCosì fan tutteMozart
Don CarloErnaniVerdi
DiomedeTroilus and CressidaWalton
Eisenstein, FalkeDie FledermausJohann Strauss II
EnricoLucia di LammermoorDonizetti
Falstaff, FordFalstaffVerdi
FaninalDer RosenkavalierRichard Strauss
FaraoneMosè in EgittoRossini
FaustDoktor FaustBusoni
FieramoscaBenvenuto CelliniBerlioz
FigaroIl Barbiere di SivigliaRossini
ForesterThe Cunning Little VixenJanáček
GermontLa TraviataVerdi
MalatestaDon PasqualeDonizetti
MarcelloLa BohèmePuccini
Marquis de la ForceDialogues of the CarmelitesPoulenc
MelitoneLa Forza del DestinoVerdi
MillerLuisa MillerVerdi
PapagenoDie ZauberflöteMozart
PaoloSimon BoccanegraVerdi
Sancho PanzaDon QuichotteMassenet
SharplessMadam ButterflyPuccini
SmirnovThe BearWalton
Der SpielmannKönigskinderHumperdinck
StivaAnna KareninaHamilton
TaddeoL’Italiana in AlgeriRossini

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