Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where in 2011 he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his debut with the company, he has sung over fifty roles. The same year he also celebrated the 30th anniversary of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
He has been particularly acclaimed for his Billy Budd, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, Ulisse and Beckmesser, as well as the great Mozart roles of Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, Papageno, Guglielmo and, of course, Don Giovanni. His recent engagements have included the title role in ‘Gianni Schicchi’ for Los Angeles Opera and at the Spoleto Festival; the title role in ‘Sweeney Todd’, Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and Don Alfonso at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Don Alfonso, Ulisse and Don Giovanni at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Faninal at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia; Eisenstein at the Glyndebourne Festival; Don Alfonso at the Dallas Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals; Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen) at the San Francisco Opera and Beckmesser, Don Alfonso and Music Master at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Opera appearances this season include Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a return to the Salzburg Festival in the world premiere of Thomas Adés’ The Exterminating Angel.
Equally renowned on the concert
platform, he appears in recital in the
made a triumphant directing debut in 2003 with ‘Albert Herring’ at the Royal
College of Music and he has recently directed tremendously successful
productions of ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘Così fan tutte’ for Samling Opera at The
is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of
Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper, an honorary doctorate
from the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music, Prince Consort
Professor of the Royal College of Music, the Hambro Visiting Professorship of
Opera Studies at Oxford University, Fellowship of the Royal College of Music,
Fellowship of the University of Sunderland, M.A. from Newcastle University and
a Doctorate of Music from Durham University and the University of Birmingham.
In the New Year's Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the
Thomas Allen's first book, 'Foreign Parts - A Singer's Journal' was published in 1993. His film credits include ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ and ‘The Real Don Giovanni’.
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