Toi toi toi to Alan Oke who will take part in the creation of David Lang’s new opera Prisoner of the State in performances with the New York Philharmonic. Co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Rotterdam’s de Doelen Concert Hall, London’s Barbican Centre, Barcelona’s l’Auditori, Bochum Symphony Orchestra and Bruges’s Concertgebouw, Prisoner of the State is a retelling of Beethoven’s Fidelio, in which a woman disguises herself as a prison guard to rescue her husband from unjust political imprisonment.
Alan has established an enviable reputation in twentieth century and contemporary repertoire, including such roles as Chairman Mao in Nixon in China for the BBC Proms and the Berlin Festival, Caliban in The Tempest for the Metropolitan Opera, Marlow in Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden having also sung Hiereus/the Translator in The Minotaur and Old Man Marshall in Turnage’s Anna Nicole on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, and Prince/Manservant/Marquis Lulu for Welsh National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.
This marks the start of a very busy summer for Alan who will be in Aix-en-Provence for Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Fatty). Future engagements include Orpheus in the Underworld (John Styx) at the English National Opera and returning to Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Dutch National Opera.
For more information about Prisoner of the State or to buy tickets, see the New York Philharmonic website.