Music Director

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Alan Cook began musical studies at the organ and later continued at the Australian Catholic University. After some years as organist and choir master, and teaching piano, he completed a degree in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Returning to music, he commenced a Graduate Diploma in Opera at the Victorian College of the Arts, where he studied as a repetiteur and conductor, during which period he accompanied at the piano in various masterclasses and concerts, and assisted in various opera productions by Melbourne Opera, Ozopera and Melbourne City Opera such as Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Britten's The Little Sweep, and Puccini's La Boheme, Il Tabarro, and Tosca. Upon winning an Ian Potter Trust Scholarship and a grant from Acclaim Awards, he moved to Europe to further his studies and experience. He studied conducting with Mº Bruno Aprea of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, attended international masterclasses such as at the Musica Riva Festival, and conducted masterpieces such as Aïda, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci and L'Elisir d'Amore in the Le Corti dell'Arte summer festival, in Salerno, Italy. He also had the honour of accompanying a recital at the Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago, the home of Giacomo Puccini. From 2004 – 2014, Alan lived in Barcelona, Spain, where he regularly performed as accompanist, repetiteur, and also travelled regularly as conductor of various orchestras, including being Principal Guest Conductor with two orchestras in Ukraine and Russia. Since returning to Melbourne, Australia, he has taken up positions as General Manager and Assistant Artistic Director of More Than Opera, assistant conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Choir and music director of CitiOpera, Melbourne, while regularly accompanying and coaching classical singers. In 2017, Alan began a PhD in Music at the University of Melbourne specialising in the Operas of Rimsky-Korsakov.