With an extraordinary versatility and vocal range seldom found, Allison Cook's recent seasons have seen a number of important debuts, including at Teatro alla Scala, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Wiener Festwochen, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and Teatr Wielki; as well as the expansion of her original mezzo repertoire to include roles such as Salome, Marie in Wozzeck, the Duchess of Argyll in Powder her Face, the title role in Kaija Saariaho’s Emilie, Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle, Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Miss Jessel in Britten's Turn of the Screw.
Allison's recent operatic engagments include her role and house debut as Salome in ENO's new production by Adena Jacobs and conducted by Martyn Brabbins, a return to Gran Teatre Liceu in the title role in Casablanca's world premier L'Enigma de Lea, a return to Teatro alla Scala in Francesconi's iconic Quartett, Judith in Bartock's Bluebeard's Castle in a new production in Lisbon, her return to ROH Covent Garden in her reprise of the role of The Red Queen in the first staged production of Gerald Barry's Alice's Adventures Underground ROH, Covent Garden, a reprise of her roles in Joe-Hill Gibbons' production of Turnage's Greek at BAM, NY, and the German premier of Francesconi's Quartett in a new production in Dortmund.
Allison also recently made her Enescu Festival debut in a concert version of Bluebeard's Castle joined forces with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra for Saariaho's Emilie and will reprise her role of Woman in Schoenberg's Erwartung in a new production conducted by Alejo Perez in Antwerp.
Looking ahead Allison will make her house debut in Zurich in a new production of Stock-Ramati's America, conducted by Gabriel Feltz and directed by Sebastian Baumgarten, return to the Liceu for Bluebeard and create a new comission by Errollyn Wallen at the Barbican, London.
In past seasons, Allison created the role of Marquise de Merteuil, to great critical acclaim in the world premier of Luca Francesconi's Quartett at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Susanna Malkki and directed by Alex Ollé / Valentina Carrasco and La Fura dels Baus. This highly successful collaboration has since travelled to Barcelona, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Buenos Aires and in concert in Paris with L'Ensemble Intercontemporain. Allison has also recently sang two new productions of Thomas Adès's Powder Her Face in New York, Warsaw and La Monnaie, working with directors Jay Scheib and Mariusz Trelinski to portray the role of the Duchess of Argyll. Her collaboration with Trelinski continued with his much celebrated production of Bluebeard's castle, in the role of Judith. Allison also continued her collaboration with both Thomas Adès and The Britten Sinfonia in the world premier of Gerald Barry's Alice's Adventures Underground at the Walt Disney Hall in LA and the Barbican, London.
Allison also made her role debut in Netia Jone's sensational production of Schoenberg's Erwartung at the Bergen International Festival and was praised as "downright phenomenal" in Kaija Saariaho's Emily in Salzburg.
A former member of Les Jeunes Voix du Rhin at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg and the Centre Formation Lyrique at Opéra National du Paris , Allison's European profile has been build on performances including Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Strasbourg, world premier of Peter Eotvos's Le Balcon in Aix en Provence, Amsterdam and Toulouse, roles of Kate Julian (Owen Wingrave) Blossom (Turnage's Anna Nicole) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Der Trommler (Der Kaiser Von Atlantis) with Opéra National de Lorraine and at Le Cité de la Musique in Paris and both Carmen and Orlosky for GTO Glyndebourne.
Allison has worked with some of the world's most influential artists including Sir Andrew Davies, Sir Tony Pappano, Susanna Mälkki, Christopher Eschenbach, Mariusz Trelinski, Alex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco, Peter Eotvos, Louis Langrée, Richard Jones, Keith Warner, Jay Scheib, Marc Minkowski... She also continues to be heard on the concert platform in a diverse repertoire from Purcell to Schoenberg, notably last season making her Berlin Philharmonic debut in concert with Mark Padmore and Ryan Wigglesworth as well as in recital at La Monnaie, Bruxelles with the pianist Alfredo Abbati.