Baritone & Director

Sir Thomas Allen

Introduction

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.


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Performance Schedule

 
  • time TBC 03 Nov 2018 Leeds Lieder at Leeds University International Concert Series, LEEDS More info  

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Mailied Op.52/4
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 3 Gesänge, Op.83, No 1: Wonne der Wehmut
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Adelaide Op.46
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN La Partenza WoO. 124
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Morgengruß Op. 47 No. 2
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Frühlingslied Op. 47 No. 3
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Winterlied Op. 19a No. 3
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Twelve Lieder Op. 9: 1. Frage
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Venetianisches Gondellied Op. 30 No. 6
    HUGO WOLF “Wie Viele Zeit Verlor ich” from Italienisches Liederbuch, No. 37
    HUGO WOLF “Heb’ auf dein blondes Haupt und schlafe nicht” from Italienisches Liederbuch, No. 18
    HUGO WOLF Mörike-Leider: 9. Nimmersatte Liebe
    HUGO WOLF “Anakreons Grab” from Goethe-Lieder, No. 29
    HUGO WOLF “Der Gärtner” from Mörike Lieder, No. 17
    Interval
    HENRI DUPARC Soupir
    HENRI DUPARC La vie antérieure
    HENRI DUPARC Le manoir de Rosemonde
    HENRI DUPARC L´ínvitation au voyage
    CHARLES IVES The Things Our Fathers Loved
    CHARLES IVES “Tom Sails Away” from Three Songs of War S. 277, No. 3
    CHARLES IVES Charlie Rutlage
    CHARLES IVES The Sideshow
    CHARLES IVES The Greatest Man
    PETER WARLOCK Sleep
    PETER WARLOCK Pretty Ring Time
    PETER WARLOCK Ha’anacker Mill
    PETER WARLOCK My Own Country
    PETER WARLOCK Yarmouth Fair

    Baritone: Sir Thomas Allen
    Piano: Joseph Middleton

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Discography

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    WALTON: London Concert (DVD)

    Label: Arthaus Musik

    Release Date: 25 Sep 15

    André Previn
    Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
    Sir Thomas Allen, Kyung-Wha Chung
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    HANDEL: Saul, Alexander's Feast, The choice of Hercules

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 13 Jan 03

    Philip Ledger

    English Chamber Orchestra

    Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields

    Sir Thomas Allen, Gareth Morrell, Matthew Best, Graham Sheen, James Bowman, Paul Esswood, Adrian Beers, Thelma Owen, Francis Grier, Thomas Trotter, Helen Watts, Adrian Partington, Helen Donath, Margaret Marshall,  Sally Brugess, Charles Daniels, Christopher Gillett, Martyn Hill, Robert Tear, Robert Spencer

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    PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas

    Label: Philips

    Release Date: 10 Aug 12

    English Chamber Orchestra
    Sir Thomas Allen, Jessye Norman and Raymond Leppard

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    MASSENET: Werther

    Label: DECCA

    Release Date: 20 Feb 12

    Sir Colin Davis

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    José Carreras, Frederica von Stade, Sir Thomas Allen, Isobel Buchanan, Robert Lloyd

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    MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 03 Oct 11

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sir Thomas Allen, Kiri te Kanawa, Lucia Popp, Samuel Ramey and Georg Solti

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    DONIZETTI: Don Pasquale

    Label: RCA

    Release Date: 16 May 11

    Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Sir Thomas Allen, Renato Bruson, Eva Mei, Frank Lopardo and Roberto Abbado

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    BRITTEN: Peter Grimes

    Label: EMI Classics

    Release Date: 08 Mar 10

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
    Royal Opera House Chourus

    Sir Thomas Allen, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Felicity Lott and Bernard Haitink

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    GLUCK: Iphigénie en Tauride

    Label: DECCA

    Release Date: 27 Jul 09

    George Eliot Gardinier

    Orchestra de l’Opera de Lyon

    Monteverdi Choir

    Diana Montague, John Aler, Sir Thomas Allen, Rene Massis

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    MOZART: Die Zauberflöte

    Label: Telarc

    Release Date: 18 Dec 08

    Sir Charles Mackerras

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Scottish Chamber Chorus

    Barbara Hendricks, June Anderson, Jerry Hadley, Sir Thomas Allen

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    COATES: Sounds and Vision

    Label: Dutton

    Release Date: 13 May 08

    John Wilson

    BBC Concert Orchestra

    Sir Thomas Allen, Richard Edgar-Wilson

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    Songs of Northumbria

    Label: MWM Records

    Release Date: 20 Feb 08

    David Haslam

    Northern Sinfonia and Chorus

    Sir Thomas Allen, Sheila Armstrong

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    FAURE': Requiem

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 01 Jan 08

    Sir Neville Marriner

    Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Chorus

    Sir Thomas Allen. Sylvia McNair

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    POULENC: Le Bal Masque, Le bestiaire

    Label: CRD

    Release Date: 18 Jul 07

    Lionel Friend

    The Nash Ensemble

    Sir Thomas Allen

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    HANDLEY: The trees so high

    Label: Lyrita

    Release Date: 08 Jan 07

    Vernon Handley

    New Philharmonia Orchestra

    Guilford Philharmonic Choir

    Sir Thomas Allen

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    PUCCINI: La Boheme (DVD)

    Label: Kultur Video

    Release Date: 20 Dec 05

    Lamberto Gardelli

    Orchestra and Chorus of The Royal Opera House

    Ileana Cotrubas, Neil Shicoff, Marilyn Zschau, Sir Thomas Allen, John Rawsley, Gwynne Howell

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    BRITTEN: Folk Song Arrangements 2

    Label: Naxos

    Release Date: 27 Jun 05

    Simon Joly

    Northern Sinfonia

    BBC Singers

    Sir Thomas Allen, Steuart Bedford

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    PUCCINI: Manon Lescaut (DVD)

    Label: Kultur Video

    Release Date: 18 Nov 03

    Brian Large

    Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo, Sir Thomas Allen, Forbes Robinson, Robin Leggate

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    JANACEK: The Cunning Little Vixen

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 15 Sep 03

    Sir Simon Rattle

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    Lilian Watson, Sir Thomas Allen, Robert tear, Diana Montague, Gwynne Howell

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    MOZART: Don Giovanni

    Label: Philips Classic

    Release Date: 07 Jul 03

    Sir Neville Marriner

    Academy of St Martin in the Fields

    Sir Thomas Allen, Sharon Sweet, Karita Mattila, Francisco Araiza, Simone Allaimo, Marie McLaughlin, Robert Lloyd

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    DURUFLE': Requiem

    Label: Hyperion

    Release Date: 01 Jan 00

    Matthew Best

    English Chamber Orchestra

    Corydon Singers

    Sir Thomas Allen, Ann Murray

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    BRITTEN: Peter Grimes

    Label: EMI

    Release Date: 01 Oct 99

    Bernard Haitink

    Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House

    Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Dame felicity Lott, Sir Thomas Allen, Patricia Payne

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    TIPPETT: King Priam

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Oct 99

    David Atherton

    London Sinfonietta

    Norman Bailey, Heather Harper, Sir Thomas Allen, Felicity Palmer, Philip Langridge Yvonne Minton, Robert Tear, Ann Murray, Stephen Roberts, David Wilson-Johnson

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    PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas

    Label: Virtuoso

    Release Date: 13 Aug 99

    Sir Collin Davis

    Academy of St Martin in the Fields

    Alldis Choir

    Josephine Veasey, John Shirley-quirk, Helen Donath, Elizabeth Bainbridge, Delia Wallis, Gillian Knight, Sir Thomas Allen, Frank Patterson

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    ORFF: Carmina Burana

    Label: EMI Classics

    Release Date: 05 Oct 98

    André Previn

    London Symphony Orchestra

    London Symphony Chorus, St Clement School Choir

    Sheila Armstrong, Gerald English, Sir Thomas Allen

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    Love songs and Lullabies

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 21 Oct 97

    Sharon Isbin, Sir Thomas Allen, Benita Valente

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    If I loved You - Duet from the musicals

    Label: TER

    Release Date: 14 Jul 95

    John Owen Edwards

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Valerie Masterson, Sir Thomas Allen

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    WALTON: Belshazzar's Feast

    Label: RCA Legacy

    Release Date: 28 Jan 92

    Leonard Slatkin

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Sir Thomas Allen

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    SCHUBERT: Winterreise

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 23 Sep 91

    Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles

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    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: A Sea Symphony (Symphony No 1)

    Label: RCA

    Release Date: 20 Jul 92

    Leonard Slatkin

    Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus

    Sir Thomas Allen, Benita Valente

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    MAHLER: Das klagende Lied

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 05 Nov 90

    Giuseppe Sinopoli

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Shin-Yuh Kai Chorus

    Cheryl Studer, Waltraud Meier, Reiner Goldberg, Sir Thomas Allen

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    BERLIOZ: L'enfance du Christ

    Label: Philips Classics

    Release Date: 25 Oct 90

    Sir Colin Davis

    London Symphony Orchestra

    John Alldis Choir

    Dame Janet Baker, Eric Tappy, Sir Thomas Allen, Jules Bastin

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    ROSSINI: Il barbiere di siviglia

    Label: Philips Classics

    Release Date: 25 Oct 90

    Neville Marriner

    Academy of St martin in the Fields

    Agnes Baltsa, Sir Thomas Allen, Francisco Araiza

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    MOZART: Don Giovanni

    Label: EMI

    Release Date: 25 Oct 90

    Bernard Haitink

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Glyndebourne Chorus

    Sir Thomas Allen, Elizabeth Gale, Keith Lewis, Richard Van Allen, Carol Vaness, Maria Ewing

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    WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel, On wenlock Edge

    Label: EMI

    Release Date: 25 Oct 90

    Sir Simon Ratlle

    Birmingham City Orchestra

    Sir Thomas Allen, Robert Tear

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    LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci

    Label: EMI Classics

    Release Date: 22 Oct 90

    Riccardo Muti

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Ambrosian Opera Chorus

    Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Kari Nurmela, Ugo Benelli, Sir Thomas Allen

     

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    BERLIOZ: Béatrice et Bénédict

    Label: Philips Classics

    Release Date: 30 May 90

    Sir Colin Davis

    London Symphony Orchestra

    John Alldis Choir

    Dame Janet Baker, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Helen Watts, Sir Thomas Allen

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    On the Idle Hill of Summer

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 01 Jan 90

    Songs by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth and Quilter

    Geoffrey Parsons, Sir Thomas Allen

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    GOUNOD: Faust

    Label: Warner Classica

    Release Date: 06 Jun 89

    George Prêtre

    Orchestre et Choeurs du Theatre National de l’Opera

    Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Sir Thomas Allen

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    TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 29 Dec 88

    James Levine

    Staatskapelle Dresden

    Rundfunkchor Leipzig

    Sir Thomas Allen, Mirella freni, Anne Sofie von Otter, Neil Shicoff, Paata Burchuladze

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    BERLIOZ: Lelio

    Label: Philips Classics

    Release Date: 01 Jul 88

    Sir Colin Davis

    London Symphony Orchestra

    Sir Thomas Allen, José Carreras, Sheila Armstrong, Josephine Veasey, Frank Patterson, John Shirley-Quirk

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    MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro

    Label: EMI

    Release Date: 01 Jan 87

    Riccardo Muti

    Wiener Philharmoniker

    Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsoperchor

    Sir Thomas Allen, Margaret Price, Kathleen Battle, Jorma Hynninen, Ann Murray, Kurt Rydl

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    MOZART: Arias/Arien

    Label: EMI

    Release Date: 13 Jun 84

    Richard Armstrong

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Sir Thomas Allen

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    DELIUS: the Fenby Legacy

    Label: Unicorn-Kanchana

    Release Date: 16 Jul 81

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Ambrosian Singers

    Dame Felicity Lott, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Sir Thomas Allen, Julian Lloyd Webber

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    THOMAS: Hamlet (Vinyl)

    Label: MRF Records

    Release Date: 12 Mar 80

    Anthony Hose

    The Manchester Camerata

    The Buxton Festival Chorus

    Sir Thomas Allen, Philip Gelling, Paul Hudson, Gordon Christie, John Harris, Christine Barbaux, Michael Neill, Josephine Veasey, Christopher Adams

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    16 Dec 17 Lehár The Merry Widow
    Metropolitan Opera Company, New York

    “As the cuckolded husband, veteran baritone Sir Thomas Allen, his voice holding up beautifully and his diction irreproachable, proved how a secondary character can sway the stage. He was as spry, vocally and physically, as singers half his age.”
    Edward Sava-Segal, Bach Track, 18 December 2017

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    12 Oct 16 Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro
    Scottish Opera

    “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

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    28 Jul 16 Adés The Exterminating Angel
    Salzburg Festival

    “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 

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    30 Mar 16 Recital - 30th March 2016
    Bridgewater Hall

    “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 

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    11 Apr 15 Rossini Il Turco in Italia
    The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “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

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    05 Oct 14 Schubert Winterreise
    UK Tour

    “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