Alan Opie OBE (born 22 March 1945, Redruth) is a Cornish baritone, primarily known as an opera singer.
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.
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.
Page and his wife Kathleen (married since 1970) have a son and a daughter.
Performed and/or recorded, listed alphabetically:
|Aristæus I||The Mask of Orpheus||Birtwistle|
|various||Death in Venice||Britten|
|Beckmesser||Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg||Wagner|
|Chairman Mao||Madame Mao||Bright Sheng|
|Don Alfonso||Così fan tutte||Mozart|
|Diomede||Troilus and Cressida||Walton|
|Eisenstein, Falke||Die Fledermaus||Johann Strauss II|
|Enrico||Lucia di Lammermoor||Donizetti|
|Faninal||Der Rosenkavalier||Richard Strauss|
|Faraone||Mosè in Egitto||Rossini|
|Figaro||Il Barbiere di Siviglia||Rossini|
|Forester||The Cunning Little Vixen||Janáček|
|Marquis de la Force||Dialogues of the Carmelites||Poulenc|
|Melitone||La Forza del Destino||Verdi|
|Sancho Panza||Don Quichotte||Massenet|
|Taddeo||L’Italiana in Algeri||Rossini|