Scottish mezzo-soprano Allison Cook made her Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Babette (Babette’s Feast) in the Linbury Studio Theatre and has since sung Kate Julien (Owen Wingrave), also in the Linbury Studio Theatre, Blossom (Anna Nicole, world premiere), Margret (Wozzeck) and Prostitute (From the House of the Dead) on the main stage. In the 2019/20 Season she sings Red Queen/Queen of Hearts/Duchess/Mock Turtle (Alice’s Adventures Under Ground).
Cook trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the national opera studios of Paris and Strasbourg. Her role creations include the Marquise de Merteuil (Francesconi’s Quartett) for La Scala, Milan, Strasbourg Festival, Casa de Música, Porto, Wiener Festwochen, Theater Dortmund, and at the Holland Festival, Lea (Casablancas’s L’enigma de Lea), which had its premiere in 2019 at the Liceu, Barcelona, and Red Queen/Queen of Hearts/Duchess/Mock Turtle (Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground).
Cook’s eclectic repertory also includes the title role of Salome for English National Opera (2018/19 Season), the Duchess (Powder Her Face) for New York City Opera, Teatr Wielki and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) for the Teatro São Carlos, Lisbon and Teatr Wielki, the title role of Saariaho’s Emilie for Salzburg Landestheater, Erwartung with Bergen National Opera and Opera Vlaanderen, and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) for La Scala.