With an extraordinary versatility and vocal range seldom found, Allison Cook’s recent seasons have seen a number of important debuts as well as the expansion of her original mezzo repertoire to include roles such as Marie in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and the Duchess of Argyll in Thomas Ades’ Powder her Face.
Allison Cook created the role of the Marquise de Merteuil to great acclaim at Teatro alla Scala in the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Quartett and recently was praised as “downright phenomenal” in Kaija Saariaho’s monodrama Émilie at Salzburger Landestheater. In her debut as the Duchess of Argyll in Jay Scheib’s critically acclaimed production of Powder Her Face for New York City Opera, Allison Cook made this role her own and went on to give subsequent successful performances at Le Festival d’opéra de Québec.
Other recent highlights include Mme de Warens in the world premiere of Philippe Fenelon’s JJR (Citoyen de Genève) for the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Phaedra with the Britten Sinfonia and further performances of Quartett at Wiener Festwochen, Cité de la Musique, Holland Festival, Strasbourg Festival and with the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Allison Cook also featured in two additional world premieres in recent seasons, both at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden: Mark Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole (in the role of Blossom) and Michael Berkeley/Ian McEwan’s For You.
A former member of Les Jeunes Voix du Rhin at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg and the Centre de Formation Lyrique at the Opéra National de Paris, Allison’s European profile has been built on performances such as Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Strasbourg, Der Trommler (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) for l’Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy and at the Cité de la Musique and the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ Le Balcon at Festival Aix-en-Provence.
Allison Cook has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious conductors and is a favourite of many acclaimed stage directors. In the current season, Allison debuts at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires in Alex Olle’s production of Quartett, and brings her much anticipated Duchess of Argyll to Teatr Wielki under Alejo Pérez.