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Thomas Allen

Baritone

Biography

Thomas Allen in action.
Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte © Johan Persson / ROH 2012

British baritone Thomas Allen has performed with The Royal Opera for more than forty years. Allen made his Royal Opera debut as Donald (Billy Budd) and has since sung roles including Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Posa (Don Carlo), Ford (Falstaff), Wolfram von Eschinbach (Tannhäuser), Sixtus Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Eugene Onegin, Pelléas, Schaunard and Marcello (La bohème), Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Billy Budd, Sweeney Todd, Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Herr von Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Gianni Schicchi and Peter (Hansel and Gretel).

Allen was born in County Durham and studied singing at the Royal College of Music. He has sung for all the major British companies, for many international companies including La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera and Bavarian State Opera and at the Salzburg Festival. He appears widely in concert and recital, his repertory ranging from oratorio and Lieder to songs from musicals and folksongs. Since 2003 he has directed for companies including Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Scottish Opera (productions including Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte).

Allen was made a CBE in 1989 and knighted in 1999. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His memoir was published in 1993.

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Photos

Deborah Voigt as Prima Donna / Ariadne and Thomas Allen as Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera

Wendy Fine as Musetta, Thomas Allen as Shaunard, Gwynne Howard as Colline, Peter Glossop as Marcello, Plácido Domingo as Rodolfo and Katia Ricciarelli as Mimì in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1974

Thomas Allen as Marcello, José Carreras as Rodolfo, Ilona Tokody as Mimì, William Workman as Schaunard and John Tomlinson as Colline in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1984

Thomas Allen

Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Tony Hall present Sir Thomas Allen with a celebration cake

Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Tony Hall present Sir Thomas Allen with a celebration cake

Sir Thomas Allen as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro (1985)

Thomas Allen as the Music Master and Ruxandra Donose as The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos

Thomas Allen - A World Stage

Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Tony Hall present Sir Thomas Allen with a celebration cake

Sir Thomas Allen with Sir John Tomlinson in Die Meistersinger (2000)

Sir Thomas Allen as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (1979)

Thomas Allen as Marcello in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1984

Peter Glossop as Marcello, Plácido Domingo as Rodolfo, Katia Ricciarelli as Mimì, Thomas Allen as Shaunard and Gwynne Howard as Colline in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1974

John Tomlinson as Colline, Thomas Allen as Marcello, William Workman as Schaunard and José Carreras as Rodolfo in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1984

Barry Banks as Don Narciso, Thomas Allen as Prosdocimo, Rachel Kelly as Zaida and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Selim in Il turco in Italia, The Royal Opera

Thomas Allen as Prosdocimo and Alessandro Corbelli as Don Geronio in Il turco in Italia

Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte

Sir Thomas Allen as Marcello in La bohème (1987)