Alan Cook

Alan Cook


Opera specialist, Russian and Italian repertoire
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«"showed masterful control of the orchestra"»
Stage Whispers (2018)
«produced a lush, richly coloured soundscape»
The Age (2018)
2018Rimsky-korsakov: Kashchey The DeathlessConductor
2018Puccini: ToscaConductor
2018Glinka: Russlan Und Ludmilla OvertureConductor
2018Strauss R.: Metamorphosen, Trv 290Conductor
2018Weber: Der Freischütz OvertureConductor
2018Handel: Solomon, Hwv 67Conductor
2018Mozart: Divertimento, K. 136Conductor
2018Arensky: Variations On a Theme By Tchaikovsky, Op. 35aConductor
2017Verdi: Il TrovatoreConductor
2017Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73, E-flat Major (emperor)Conductor
2017Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84Conductor
2017Beethoven: Ah! Perfido, Op. 65Conductor
2017Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Op. 62Conductor
2016Strauss R.: Ariadne Auf NaxosConductor
2015Poulenc: Gloria, Fp 177Conductor
2011Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1, C MinorConductor
2010Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony Op 110aConductor
2010Mozart: Concerto For Violin No. 5, K. 219, A Major (turkish)Conductor
2009Tchaikovsky: Serenade For Strings, Op. 48Conductor
2009Tchaikovsky: Romeo And Juliet Overture Th 42c (romeo i Dzul'etta)Conductor
2009Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 10, D-flat MajorConductor
2008Bach J.s.: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Bwv 1047, F MajorConductor
2007Verdi: AidaConductor
2007Donizetti: L'elisir D'amoreConductor
2007Rossini: Guillaume Tell OvertureConductor
2006Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, B. 178, Op. 95, E Minor (from The New World)Conductor
2006Schumann: Symphony No. 4, Op. 120, D MinorConductor
2004Leoncavallo: PagliacciConductor
2004Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaConductor
2003Stravinsky: The Rake's ProgressConductor
2003Britten: The Little SweepConductor
2003Puccini: La BohèmeConductor
2002Beethoven: Mass, Op. 86, C MajorConductor


Alan Cook is a conductor, opera coach, and musicologist with many years of experience across a wide range of operatic and symphonic repertoire who has been described as “producing a lush, richly coloured soundscape” at the podium. He's a Graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and holds a Master from Melbourne Conservatorium, he also studied conducting in Italy with Bruno Aprea of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia and has performed in many countries including Austria, Italy, Spain, and Russia. His repertoire includes masterpieces of Italian and Russian composers including the works of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and operas such as Aida, Elisir d’Amore, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Pagliacci. He works extensively as a coach to many international singers including at the Liceu Opera of Barcelona, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera and was Principal Guest Conductor of orchestras in Ukraine and Russia for an extended period during which time he developed an expertise in Russian repertoire and language. He is currently in Australia studying a PhD in the operas of Rimsky-Korsakov. Recent performances include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Kashchey the Immortal by Rimsky-Korsakov at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Il Trovatore.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Rimsky-korsakov: Kashchey The Deathless Immediately CitiOpera 2018
Puccini: Tosca Immediately CitiOpera 2018
Glinka: Russlan Und Ludmilla Overture Immediately 2018
Strauss R.: Metamorphosen, Trv 290 Immediately 2018
Weber: Der Freischütz Overture Immediately 2018