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Sir Thomas Allen, baritone

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    Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where this season he celebrates the 40th anniversary of his debut with the company, he has sung no less than fifty roles.  In 2006, he also celebrated his twenty-fifth anniversary of his début at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Equally renowned on the concert platform, he appears in recital in the United Kingdom, throughout Europe, in Australia and America, and has performed with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors. The greatest part of his repertoire has been extensively recorded.

    Recent successes have included the title role in 'Gianni Schicchi' at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Spoleto Festival and for the Los Angeles Opera, Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) at Covent Garden and for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia) at Covent Garden and in Los Angeles. His engagements this season include Don Alfonso at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Hong Kong; and his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in the role of Faninal.

    He made a triumphant directing debut with ‘Albert Herring’ at the Royal College of Music in 2003. He has since directed successful productions of ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ for Arizona Opera, and ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘Cosí¬ fan tutte’ for Samling Opera at The Sage, Gateshead. A regular guest at Scottish Opera, his productions of ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ and ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ have enjoyed widespread critical acclaim.

    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. He is Chancellor of Durham University.



    "Surely the best British lyric baritone singing in opera since the war."


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    Sir Thomas Allen, baritone and Simon Over, piano

    Date: Friday, March 30, 2007 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48
    Duparc: Phidylé; La vie antérieure; Extase; L’invitation au voyage
    Ravel: Histoires naturelles

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    Sir Thomas Allen, baritone and Malcolm Martineau, piano

    Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2003 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Beethoven: Hoffnung and L’amante impatiente, Op. 82, Nos. 1/3; Marmotte, from Ach Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 52, No. 7; La Partenza, WoO 124; Busslied, Op. 48, No. 6; An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
    Purcell: Passing By
    Tate: The Lark in the Clear Air
    Traditional: She Moved Through the Fair
    Lambert: She is Far From the Land and God’s Garden
    Hughes: The Salley Gardens
    Wood: Love’s Garden of Roses; It Is Only a Tiny Garden; A Brown Bird Singing; Roses of Picardy
    Coates: I Heard You Singing
    Penn: Smilin’ Through
    Travers: A Mood
    Coates: Bird Songs at Eventide
    Murray: I’ll Walk Beside Yo

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    Sir Thomas Allen, baritone and Malcolm Martineau, piano

    Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2000 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

    SchubertAn Schwager Kronos, D. 369; Geheimes, D. 719; Im Abendrot, D. 799; Harfenspieler III, D. 480; Frí¼hlingsglaube, D. 686
    Beethoven: Maigesang, from Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 52, No. 4; Adelaide, Op. 46; Wonne der Wehmut, from Drei Gesänge von Goethe, Op. 83, No. 1; Der Kuss, Op. 128
    WolfNimmersatte Liebe and Der Gärtner, from Gedichte von Eduard Mörike, Nos. 9/17 ; Auf ein altes Bild, from Gedichte von Eduard Mörike, No. 23; Anakreons Grab and Jägerlied, from Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe, Nos. 4/29
    Duparc: Soupir; L’invitation au voyage; Lamento; Phidylé
    Ravel: Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
    Somervell: Four Songs from The Shropshire Lad


    “Surely the best British lyric baritone singing in opera since the war.”

    The Guardian

    “'There is something so deft and original in his presentation that he inspires those around him. He is always slightly different and fresh every night without being in any sense dangerously capricious and he has an enormous allure for the audience. Whenever he is on the stage the electrical potential goes up by several hundred volts. He is not only a wonderful artist, he is also a very important Englishman.”

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