Thomas Allen

Operatic Baritone
Born Sep 10, 1944

Sir Thomas Boaz Allen, CBE is an English operatic baritone. He is widely admired in the opera world for his voice, the versatility of his repertoire, and his acting - leading many to regard him as one of the best lyric baritones of the late 20th Century. In October 2011 he was appointed Chancellor of Durham University, succeeding Bill Bryson.… Read More

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1944 Birth Born on September 10, 1944.


1969 24 Years Old Under Lockhart, Allen then shifted his attention from Lieder and oratorio to opera and in 1969, he made his debut as D'Obigny in Verdi's La traviata with the Welsh National Opera (WNO). … Read More
1971 26 Years Old In 1971, he made his Covent Garden debut as Donald in Billy Budd and he joined the company the following year.
1973 28 Years Old His solo Glyndebourne Festival debut was as Papageno in 1973, and he returned as Figaro in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (1974), Guglielmo (1975) and Don Giovanni (1977) and it was during this time that he was quickly hailed by music critics as the finest English baritone since Sir Charles Santley.


1979 34 Years Old He left Covent Garden to become a freelance singer in 1979 although he still remains a guest artist with the company.
1981 36 Years Old He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1981 as Papageno.


1986 41 Years Old He sang the title role in the British stage premiere of Busoni's Doktor Faust for the English National Opera in 1986 (a performance which was also commended in the 1986 Laurence Olivier Awards when the production won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera), while his debut at the Salzburg Festival was as Ulisse in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria in 1985.
1989 44 Years Old 1 More Event
His Chicago debut was Rossini's Figaro in The Barber of Seville in 1989. … Read More


1998 53 Years Old In 1998 he was named a member of the Royal Opera's Opera Advisory Board, the first time a singer had been given such an appointment. … Read More
2002 57 Years Old In November 2002, he directed for the first time in Britten's Albert Herring at the Royal College of Music. … Read More


2005 60 Years Old He also performed as the Narrator/Dr. Pangloss in the 2005 concert of Leonard Bernstein's Candide at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City. … Read More
2006 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, he made his American directorial debut with a production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro for Arizona Opera. … Read More
2008 63 Years Old In September 2008, he performed under the direction of Woody Allen in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi for the Los Angeles Opera as well as at the Spoleto Festival in June 2009.
2009 64 Years Old 1 More Event
The year 2009 marked the 40th anniversary of his professional debut at the WNO in 1969, also marking the four decades he has been in the opera world. … Read More
2010 65 Years Old He has directed a new production of The Marriage of Figaro for the company which premiered in Glasgow in October 2010.
2012 67 Years Old On 27 January 2012, Allen marked his 40th anniversary at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing the role of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte.
2015 70 Years Old In 2015, he sang the role of Baron Zeta in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Franz Lehár's operetta The Merry Widow. … Read More
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