British born 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.
Alongside her professional stage performance, Allison has also participated in international vocal competitions where she has won numerous prizes 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.
From 2006 until 2009, directly following her studies, Allison 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 (Die Verkaufte Braut) under the baton of Stefan Blunier and Lukas Beikircher.
Since 2010, her career has taken her all over the world as a freelance soprano but she has made her base in Berlin, Germany. During this time Allison has sang:
MISS JESSEL (The Turn of the Screw) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (conductor Jeffrey Tate) and at Opera Frankfurt
ROSALINDE (Die Fledermaus) at Staatstheater Darmstadt (conductor Constantin Trinks)
ELSA (Lohengrin) at Theater Regensburg, Theater Coburg and Theater Basel (conductor Axel
MARIETTA (Die tote Stadt) at Theater Regensburg
TOSCA at Theater Muenster (conductor Fabrizio Ventura)
MARSCHALLIN (Der Rosenkavalier) at Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck
SENTA (Der fliegende Hollaender) at Wuppertaler Buehnen, the Boston Lyric Opera and Theater St. Gallen
CHRYSOTHEMIS (Elektra) at Theater Regensburg and Staatstheater Nuernberg (conductor
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)
SALOME at Staatstheater Oldenburg, Theater Muenster, Konzerttheater Bern (conductor Kevin John Edusei), Deutsche Oper Berlin (conductor Alain Altinoglu), Cape Town Opera (conductor Gerard Korsten), Staatsoper Hamburg (conductor Kent Nagano)
Between 2013 and 2015, Allison sang the role of Gerhilde in Die Walkuere, Gutrune in Die Goetterdaemmerung and Freia in Das Rheingold in the current Frank Castorf Bayreuth Ring Cycle under the musical direction of Kiril Petrenko. In 2016 she continued as Gutrune in Bayreuth under the baton of Marek Janowski.
Last season Allison made her debut as Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) in Dortmund and sang Salome at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cape Town Opera and the Hamburg State Opera.
Upcoming projects include Isolde at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste in Spring 2017, Gutrune in Bayreuth in the summer 2017 and in the season 2017/18 Chrysothemis at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Metropolitan Opera New York.