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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