'He has a resonant Verdi voice, an easy delivery and floods of bronzed tone that soar over the orchestra.' - Maria Nockin, reviewing San Diego Opera's La traviata in April 2010 for Music & Vision
English baritone Alan Opie was born on 22 March 1945 in Redruth, Cornwall. He studied at Truro School, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Opera Centre. He joined Sadler's Wells Opera, becoming a principal baritone there while he was still a student.
Opie has sung with Bayerische Staatsoper, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New York Metropolitan Opera, Opera North, San Diego Opera, Scottish Opera, and has performed at Bayreuth, Covent Garden, La Scala, Paris Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Santa Fe and Vienna.
He has recorded for CBS, Chandos, Decca, EMI and Hyperion, and is the recipient of two Grammy awards (in 1996 for Britten's Peter Grimes and in 1998, with Georg Solti, for Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
A selection of M&V articles about Alan Opie
Ensemble. A Grand Sea Symphony? - Giuseppe Pennisi was at a concert performance in Rome of Britten's 'Peter Grimes'
CD Spotlight. Buxom and Comely? - Music by Gustav Holst, heard by Paul Sarcich. '... music of charm and individuality.'
Ensemble. Exciting Teamwork - Roderic Dunnett was in Worcester for the 2011 Three Choirs Festival
Ensemble. Grand Style - Gregory Moomjy describes the sly return of Janácek's 'The Cunning Little Vixen' to the magical forest of New York's Lincoln Center
Ensemble. Major Delights - 'La traviata' from San Diego Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Thoroughly Impressed - Maria Nockin talks to baritone Alan Opie, who is about to sing Germont for San Diego Opera
Ensemble. Fine Drama - Chelsea Opera Group's 'La Traviata', reviewed by Robert Hugill
Ensemble. In Memory of Hickox - Vaughan Williams' 'Sancta Civitas', reviewed by Robert Hugill