Giselle Allen

Soprano

Irish soprano Giselle Allen’s recent highlights include her debut in the title role Elektra which she recently sang at Kilkenny Festival in a new production by Irish National Opera.  She made her way to La Monnaie, Brussels, for the role of Miss Jessel in a new production of The Turn of the Screw by the highly regarded Andrea Breth streamed live to European audiences, and she returns to The Royal Opera House Covent Garden for the role of Ellen Orford (c) Peter Grimes. Last season, she added the role of Anna Maurrant Street Scene to her repertoire at her artistic home, Opera North, where she also appeared in the title role Tosca in a new production. At Welsh National Opera she appeared in the role of Magda Sorel The Consul for which she received outstanding reviews.

“Giselle Allen’s Magda deepened greatly in emotional depth and intensity during the course of the performance. She was at her most powerful in her extended Act III solo beginning ‘Papers! Papers! Papers!’ which built to a terrifyingly intense frenzy in the midst of which there was a clarity of insight that made her an eloquent spokesman for all (in whatever time, whatever country) going through a similar experience.”  Seen and Heard International, Glyn Pursglove, 14 June 2019

 

For ELEKTRA: “Soprano Giselle Allen projects captivating humanity and emotional intensity: Irish National Opera, presenting a new staging of this work, hit the jackpot with soprano Giselle Allen. She summons immense vocal strength and stamina to contend with Strauss’s vast instrumental forces and project a captivating humanity and emotional intensity in a role that never departs the stage.”  Mark Dungan, The Irish Times, 9 August 2021.

“Giselle Allen displayed considerable acting skills as Tosca… Her fiery, slinky Tosca, sometimes on the edge of hysteria, is truly memorable. “Vissi d’arte” was sung very much from the heart, beginning when she was horizontal in Scarpia’s den of a bedroom. When Scarpia forces her to watch her lover being tortured on the screen of his laptop, she was convincingly horrified and alarmed.”

Bachtrack, Richard Wilcocks, 17 September, 2018

BERG WOZZECK (Marie)
BRITTEN PETER GRIMES Ellen Orford
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Helena
TURN OF THE SCREW Miss Jessel
Dvorak RUSALKA Rusalka
JANACEK THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN Fox
JENUFA Jenufa
KAT’A KABANOVA Kat’a
OSUD Míla
FIBICH SARKA Svatava
MASCAGNI CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Santuzza
MASSENET HERODIADE Salome
MOZART DON GIOVANNI Donna Elvira
COSI FAN TUTTE Fiordiligi
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Vitellia
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Countess
MUSSORGSKY SOROCHINSKY FAIR Parassia
OFFENBACH LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN Giulietta
PUCCINI SUOR ANGELICA Suor Angelica
LA BOHEME Mimi/Musetta
TOSCA Tosca
SMETANA THE BARTERED BRIDE Marenka
R. STRAUSS SALOME Salome
TCHAIKOVSKY EUGENE ONEGIN Tatyana
PIQUE DAME Lisa
TIPPETT A MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE Jennifer
VERDI OTELLO Desdemona (excerpts)
WALTON TROILUS AND CRESSIDA Cressida
WAGNER DAS RHEINGOLD Freia/Wellgunde
DIE WALKÜRE Gerhilde
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Gutrune
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER Senta
WEILL RISE & FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY Jenny
WEINBERG THE PASSENGER Martha
BRITTEN OUR HUNTING FATHERS
DVORAK TE DEUM
STABAT MATER
JANACEK GLAGOLITIC MASS

SYMPHONY 4
SYMPHONY 8

MENDELSSOHN ELIJAH
MOZART REQUIEM
POULENC GLORIA
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LUONNOTAR

 

STRAUSS FOUR LAST SONGS
WAGNER LIEBESTOD

WESENDONCK LIEDER

RACHMANINOFF THE BELLS
SZYMANOWSKI STABAT MATER
TIPPETT CHILD OF OUR TIME

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