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Mezzo Soprano

Allison Cook

"...a mesmerising singer-actor who never lacks intensity or intelligence"
- The Times

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Biography Highlights

 
 

Upcoming & Recent

Upcoming appearances with Philharmonia Baroque San Francisco, debut with the Zurich Opera as Brunelda Amerika, return to Flemish Opera, La Monnaie de Munt with Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw, Salome, Errollyn Wallen's Dido's Ghost, Judith Bluebeard's Castle with English National Opera. 
 
Foreign Priness Rusalka directed by Àlex Ollé/Eivind Gullberg Jensen with the Bergen National Opera and with Bastian Kraft /Oksana Lyniv at the Staatsoper Stuttgart; Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw Ivan Fischer/Marco Gandini MÜPA, Budapest and Vicenza Opera Festival; Kundry Parsifal with Pablo Heras-Casado Orquesta de Extremadura; Venus Tannhauser under Patrick Hahn, return to Gran Teatre Liceu in the title role in Casablanca's world premier L'Enigma de Lea under Gonzolèz-Granados.
 

 
 

Previous

Marquise de Merteuil in Francesconi's Quartett directed by Alex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco under Susanna Malkki with reprisal of this role at the Teatro Colon, Vienna Festwochen, Paris Cite de la Musique, Glubenkian Foundation, Holland Festival, at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan and at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; 
Lea L'Enigma de Lea directed by Portaceli under Pons at the Gran Teatre del Liceu;  Judith Bluebeards's Castle directed by K. Trelinsky Warsaw Wielki Opera Theater and at the Enescu Festival, and at the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon; Schoenberg Erwartung under Alejo Pérez Opera Vlaanderen Antwerpen;  Salome Jacobs/Brabbins at the ENO, London; Wallen  Dido's Ghost Wake- Walker / Dunedin Consort Barbican Centre, London & Edinburgh International Festival; The Red Queen in Barry's  Alice's Adventures Underrgound MacDonald/Adès ROH, Covent Garden; Miss Jessel Turn Of The Screw  Holten/Eschenbach at the Teatro alla Scala; ​ Duchess of Argyll in Adès' Powder Her Face Trelinsky/Perez at La Monnaie and Warsaw Wielki Opera; Duchess of Argyll in Adès' Powder Her Face Scheib, Stockhammer New York City Opera, Woman Erwartung Netia Jones/Bronniman Bergen International Festival.
 
 

 
 

Concerts

Recital with Alfredo Abbati, piano at La Monnaie, Brussels;  Concert M. Padmore, R. Wigglesworth Berlin Philharmonic Concert Serie,   Berio Folk Songs Bilkent Symphony, Ankara; Asian Recital Tour with the Britten Sinfonia with Britten Phaedra / Haendel / Purcell;  The Red Queen in Barry's Alice's Adventures Under Ground Adès LA Phil, Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A; Bolcom Cabaret Songs Wayne Marshall Orquesta Sinfonica Castilla y Leon

 
 

Portraits

Allison Cook, Mezzo Soprano
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Schönberg - Erwartung Op. 17

Schönberg - Erwartung Op. 17

Casablancas - L'Enigma de Lea - Lea

Casablancas - L'Enigma de Lea - Lea

 

Reviews & Press

 
 

Wagner, Parsifal en Badajoz

Allison Cook, Kundry, sang with the intensity and expressive variety demanded by the complexity of the role. With resounding lower register and extremely secure top, when woken in the second act, the fiendishly difficult phrases, as if she were still dreaming, were sublimely executed. After being rejected by Parsifal, she sang the extended 'Grausamer!' passage with great dramatic effect and vocal intensity while trying to seduce Parsifal this time by means of compassion.
 

- Santiago Míguez de la Rosa , beckmesser.com

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Barcelona Liceu - Casablanca - L’Enigma di Lea’ - Lea

(...)here rendered with intensity by the outstanding mezzo soprano Allison Cook, the high spiriling vocal writing projected thrillingly, her expertise in contemporary opera evident through her balance of complex vocal lines with effective, alluring stage action.
 

- Musical Opinion Quarterly

Allison Cook also gives a tour de force performance. It’s not so much that she portrays the Duchess, rather she reincarnates her. First as a playful sex-goddess, then as a fallen angel. With a final number as gripping as the best bel canto aria.
 

- Koen Van Boxem , Tijd

Ivan Fischer Opera Company - Britten - The Turn of the Screw - Miss Jessel

Allison Cook's Miss Jessel, a dramatic soprano with a fascinating timbre and precise singing line, probably the character in which vocal quality and stage presence blended best.
 

- GB Opera

Orquesta de Extremadura - Wagner - Parsifal - Kundry

Allison Cook, Kundry, sang with the intensity and expressive varierty demanded by the complexity of the role. With resounding lower register and extremely secure top, when woken in the second act, the fiendishly difficult phrases, as if she were still dreaming, were sublimely executed. After being rejected by Parsifal, she sang the extended 'Grausamer!' passage with great dramatic effect and vocal intensity while trying to seduce Parsifal this time by means of compassion.
 

- Beckmesser

For her part, Allison Cook completed this great cast with an extremely detailed interpretation in terms of phrasing, making credible with the changes of register and colour, the dual nature of Kundry as both a seductrice and as a repentant. The timbre is beautiful and the voice runs equally well in all registers.
 

- Scherzo