... The biggest surprise of the evening was Allison Oakes who performed Bruennhilde as if she had never sung anything else in her life ...
... Die größte Überraschung des Abends aber war Allison Oakes, die eine Brünnhilde gab, als hätte sie in ihrem Leben nichts anderes gesungen ... Bachtrack
Following her studies, Allison Oakes began her career as 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).
Since 2010, the Berlin based dramatic soprano has worked as a freelance singer. Her career has taken her all over the world where she has enjoyed success in many roles such as Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) at the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Elsa (Lohengrin) Theater Basel, Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer) Boston Lyric Opera and Theater St. Gallen, Chrysothemis (Elektra) Staatstheater Nuernberg, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon, Marie (Wozzeck) with the SWR Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra, Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) Oper Dortmund and Teatro Giuseppe Verdi Trieste and Salome at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Hamburg and Cape Town Opera, South Africa.
She has had the pleasure to work with many conductors including Kirill Petrenko, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Donald Runnicles, Kent Nagano, Axel Kober, Marek Janowski, Stefan Blunier and Constantin Trinks.
During her 5 years at the Bayreuther Festspiele she was highly celebrated as Gutrune (Goetterdaemmerung) in Frank Castorf’s Ring and in 2017 she sang her first Bruennhilde in a concert performance of die Walkuere with the Deutsche Oper at the Berliner Philharmonie. This successfully completed her transition into the dramatic soprano fach and has secured her name in the list of respected dramatic sopranos.
In 2018 Allison made her exciting debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Chrysothemis in Elektra.
Future projects include Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) Müpa Budapest, The Four Last Songs from Strauss with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the UK, Marietta (Die Tote Stadt) at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Bruennhilde (Siegfried) with the Deutsche Oper Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie, Gutrune (Goetterdaemmerung) Staatsoper Hamburg, Venus and Elisabeth (Tannhaeuser) und Salome at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Anna Maurrant (Street Scene) at the Oper Koeln and Carlotta (Die Gezeichneten) concert performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Alongside her stage performances, 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.