Best known as the composer of the opera THE EIGHTH WONDER (produced by Opera Australia in 1995 and revived in 2000 and 2016), Alan has also worked as an actor, dramaturg, musician and musical director.
Alan also composed the music for Tyler Coppin’s one man show TALES OF HELPMANN and for Khoa Do’s stage show MOTHER FISH, which was recently adapted into the critically acclaimed feature film MISSING WATER. He has film and television credits.
Alan has been awarded an APRA/Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award for THE BANK (Best Music in a Feature Film in 2002), HUMAN CONTRAPTIONS (Best Music for Short Film in 2003) and THE SHARK NET (Best Music for Mini Series or Telemovie, 2004). In 2005 Alan was nominated for an APRA/ Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award and an AFI Award for Best Music for a Feature Film for THREE DOLLARS. In 2009, Alan won a Green Room Award for Best New Operatic Work for THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.
In 2016 Opera Australia revived THE EIGHTH WONDER, at the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE — THE OPERA, with the forecourt of the House as the stage.
Compositions by John Allan appear on
Australian composer John Allan has orchestrated a collection of his own original compositions. This CD also includes his orchestrations of piano pieces by Debussy and Brahms. David Kram conducts members of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.