Baritone & Director

Sir Thomas Allen


Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.


Performance Schedule

From The Green Room


  • 12 Oct 16 Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro
    Scottish Opera
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    “This is one of the finest Figaros this reviewer has seen in over fifty years of opera going.”
    Hugh Kerr, Tv Bomb, 18 October 2016

    “‘Allen’s production of Figaro is undeniably enjoyable’… ‘this was a strong start to the season and a Marriage of Figaro to remember.'”
    Von Gregor Forbes, Bachtrack, 13 October 2016

  • 28 Jul 16 Adés The Exterminating Angel
    Salzburg Festival
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    “Cairns’s staging is as meticulously detailed as Adès’s score, while Hildegard Bechtler’s set, dominated by the giant portal of the room from which there seems no escape, is sensibly spare. And the Salzburg cast is superb, dominated by three generations of British singers, with Thomas Allen and John Tomlinson, Christine Rice, Charles Workman, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Iestyn Davies, as well as Anne Sofie von Otter, Amanda Echalaz and Audrey Luna. It’s a magnificent piece of ensemble work.”
    Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 29 July 2016 

  • 30 Mar 16 Recital - 30th March 2016
    Bridgewater Hall
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    “It is hard to approach comment on the performance of a national treasure and deeply respected veteran of opera and voice production. Speculatively, this may read a little more like an account than a critique. But perhaps that is more due to the fact that this was quite simply a knock-out concert, from every angle and particularly in the detail.”
    Imogen Phoebe Webb, Bach Track, 1 April 2016 

  • 11 Apr 15 Rossini Il Turco in Italia
    The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
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    “The key to this cast, though, is the pairing of two old hands — Thomas Allen’s cultured poet Prosdocimo and the put-upon, bumbling old Geronio of Alessandro Corbelli, who has made Rossini’s buffo roles his own. They may no longer be in the most youthful of voice, but they know how to hold the stage.”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 13 April 2015 

    “They are presided over by another returnee, Thomas Allen’s sardonic Prosdocimo; and because the demands on him are more comic than vocal, he too is incomparable.”
    Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard, 14 April 2015 

    “Those inimitable old masters Thomas Allen and Alessandro Corbelli, as Prosdocimo and Don Geronio, plus Ildebrando D’Archangelo as the Turkish prince, were perfection.”
    Mark Ronan, 12 April 2015

    “Thomas Allen gave a masterclass in operatic comedy”
    John Allison, Opera Magazine, June 2015

  • 05 Oct 14 Schubert Winterreise
    UK Tour
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    “Allen responds to the composer with unfailing vocal shading that can be both boldly dramatic and guardedly expressive. Besides, Allen’s innate feeling for phrasing means every note of Schubert is delivered with inherent sensitivity. There is also plenty of contrast as Thomas Allen varies his voice to suit the moment and none more so than in the grotesque Will o’ the wisp dance in Irrlicht and the pictorially atmospheric Frühlingstraum (Spring’s dream), which, like the rest of the songs, are clearly enunciated. Through his assiduous artistry, Allen draws one into the ethereal sphere of Schubert’s imagination.”
    Pat O’Kelly, The Independent, 9 October 2014

    “Sir Thomas holds the audience in a beautifully extended moment of silence, before the inevitable applause that follows. Standing ovations have become all too common in recent years, but on this occasion the audience’s reaction is spontaneous and well-deserved”
    Michael Lee, Goldenplec, 8 October 2014

    “‘Sir Thomas Allen, one of the finest baritones in the world’ … ‘One wonders how many performances of this work Sir Thomas Allen has presented? What a joy to hear his fresh, flawless voice at every dynamic. Never a waver with clear German text, matching easily with programme translations alongside for captivated listeners. There was minimum but relevant communication throughout. There was a discreet step forward for added drama, including subtle hand movements with a distinct conviction that this was a story being told to each individual in the venue’…’A recital to treasure.'”
    Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post, 21 October 2014 

    “Thomas Allen was in magnificent voice and, if some of the pianissimo passages would have come more easily to him earlier in his career, this was more than compensated for by the richness and power of his utterances, as he portrayed the anguish and despair of the traveller, bereft of hope in his lonely journey. More than this, Allen’s interpretation was personal and deeply felt. This was not the haunted musings of an individual at the end of a barren road and life. Rather, it was a defiant outburst of someone enraged at his fate and against the joys of which he had been deprived.”
    Anthony Ogus, 27 October 2014