He has also sung at the Bayreuth Festival singing Beckmesser – a role also repeated in Berlin, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna and Turin. At ENO he was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ Olivier Award for his performance of Falstaff.
His extensive concert work has included performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in San Francisco and Dallas; Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in Dallas and Carnegie Hall; Britten’s War Requiem in Washington, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony in Los Angeles, Elgar’s The Kingdom with the Halle Orchestra and Apostles at the Proms.
He has also appeared with many leading orchestras including the Symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco as well as the Israel Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Dusseldorf Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, RAI Turin, BBC Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia and BBC Philharmonic.
Alan Opie has recorded for CBS, EMI, Hyperion, Chandos, Naxos and Decca. Releases include Alan Opie Sings Bel Canto Arias, Britten’s Gloriana, Albert Herring, Peter Grimes for which he received a Grammy Award, Death in Venice and The Rape of Lucretia, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Delius’ Mass of Life, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Carlo in Ernani, di Luna in Il Trovatore, the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg under Sir Georg Solti for which he received his second Grammy award.
Current engagements include Germont La Traviata for Welsh National Opera, King Olav with the Bergen Philharmonic and Peter Grimes with San Francisco Symphony orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas.
In 2013, he received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to music.