Thomas Allen

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Biography

Born: September 10, 1944   Country: England  
Recognized as much for his acting ability as for his fine singing, baritone Thomas Allen brings a strong sense of style and character to all types of music; his broad repertory includes Monteverdi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, the lighter Wagner roles, Britten's Billy Budd, Prokofiev's War and Peace, and Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen.

Allen grew up in a mining community in the north of England where his father ran a glee club and a dance
Read more band, provided accompaniment for a local choir, and collected musical instruments. As a boy, Allen learned both piano and organ from his father, and sang in various local choirs. By the age of 16, he was singing baritone solos in the school choir, and even participating as a soloist in various local recitals, as well as continuing his organ lessons and studying music at school. He successfully auditioned for the Royal College of Music in 1964, where he intended to focus his energies on lieder and oratorio, but by 1967 he had already made his first operatic appearance as a substitute singer in Benjamin's The Prima Donna.

In 1968, before graduating, he won the Queen's Prize, an award that included lessons with James Lockhart, the new music director of the Welsh National Opera. Lockhart encouraged him to audition for the WNO, and he was engaged in 1968 to join the company the next year. Between that time and the beginning of his engagement, he sang in the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus.

At the Welsh National Opera, Lockhart continued to act as a coach and mentor, and Allen made his debut as Figaro in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia in 1969. He made his Covent Garden debut as

Donald in Billy Budd in 1971 (he also took on the title role for the WNO the same year), his Glyndebourne debut in 1973 as Papageno, sang his first Wagner role (Melot in Tristan and Isolde, at Covent Garden), and created the role of the Count in Musgrave's The Voice of Ariadne at the 1974 Aldeburgh Festival. During this period he gave special attention to the major Mozart baritone roles, and, in 1977, sang his first Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival, to great acclaim for both his singing and his acting. He garnered even more attention as the Count in a performance of Figaro a few months later at Covent Garden, and made his Met debut as Papageno in 1981. In 1980, he sang Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin for the first time at the Welsh National Opera, and this role soon joined Don Giovanni as one of his signature roles. During the 1980s, he started adding a few Verdi roles to his repertoire, such as Posa in Don Carlo and Ford in Falstaff, though he was wary of the heavier roles. In 1999, he was knighted in Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honors.

He recorded two equally fine performances of Don Giovanni -- one based on a Glyndebourne performance with Haitink (EMI CDS7 47037-8), the other on Philips with Marriner. His Eugene Onegin, conducted by Levine (Deutsche Grammophon), captures him in magnificent form in a memorable role. Read less
Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Isokoski, Claycomb, Allen, Jurowski, London Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/29/2014   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1135   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Highlights / Marriner, Allen, Baltsa
Release Date:    Label: Philips  
Catalog: 412266   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 151.
    The Compact Opera Collection - Rossini: Il Barbiere/Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470434 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Francisco Araiza,  Domenico Trimarchi,  Agnes Baltsa,  Thomas Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 152.
    The Opera Album / Alagna, Callas, Pavarotti, Gheorghiu, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67830 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  José Carreras,  Jessye Norman,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Riccardo Muti,  Alain Lombard,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toscana Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Rhine Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 153.
    Mozart - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472409 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Elena Gilels,  Emil Gilels,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 154.
    Stanford: Bluebird, Songs Of The Sea, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Agnus Dei
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470384 Release Date: 05/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Frederick Stone,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Martin How,  John Scott  ... 
    Conductor:  Lionel Dakers,  George Guest,  Boris Ord,  David Hill  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal School of Church Music Choirs,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Orchestra  ... 
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  • 155.
    Mahler - The Complete Recordings / Sinopoli, Philharmonia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471451 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bernd Weikl,  Iris Vermillion,  Keith Lewis,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Shinyukai Choir  ... 
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  • 156.
    Berlioz: Sacred Music, Symphonic Dramas / Davis, London So
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462252 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Sheila Armstrong,  Frank Patterson,  Josephine Veasey,  John Shirley-Quirk  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 157.
    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia / Marriner, Baltsa, Allen, Best
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446448 Release Date: 03/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Matthew Best,  Robert Lloyd,  Sally Burgess  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 158.
    Opera - Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights) / Muti
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74129 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alejandro Ramirez,  Thomas Allen,  Ann Murray,  Margaret Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Monteverdi-Henze: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria / Tate
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 528003 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Douglas Ahlstedt,  Josef Protschka,  Harald Stamm,  Alejandro Ramirez  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spinario Ensemble,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tölz Boys Choir
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  • 160.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Conlon, Allen, Vaness, Et Al
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100021 Release Date: 08/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Thomas Allen,  Carolyn James,  Reinhard Dorn  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
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  • 161.
    Shostakovich, Schoenberg: Chamber Works / Nash Ensemble
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61760 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Thomas Allen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 162.
    Favorite Mozart Arias / Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80529 Release Date: 11/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Barbara Hendricks,  June Anderson,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 163.
    Gilbert & Sullivan / Mackerras, Welsh National Opera, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80500 Release Date: 07/27/1999   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Richard Suart,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Alwyn Mellor,  Neill Archer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 164.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Davis, Vickers, Harper, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462847 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jon Vickers,  Jonathan Summers,  Heather Harper,  Elisabeth Bainbridge  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 165.
    Orff: Carmina Burana / Armstrong, Allen, Previn
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66951 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Gerald English,  Sheila Armstrong
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir
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  • 166.
    Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard / Marriner
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462508 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Jean Rigby,  Kurt Streit,  Thomas Allen,  Robert Lloyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 167.
    Orff: Carmina Burana
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 566899 Release Date: 11/06/1998  
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Gerald English,  Sheila Armstrong,  Thomas Allen
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  St Clement Danes School Choir,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 168.
    Faure, Durufle: Requiems / Best, Corydon Singers, English Co
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67070 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Duruflé,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Thomas Allen,  Charles Tunnell,  Thomas Trotter  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 169.
    Brahms, Wolf: Lieder / Thomas Allen, Geoffrey Parsons
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61418 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 170.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 17 - Folksong Arrangements
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453786 Release Date: 12/09/1997   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christopher Maltman,  Ruby Philogene,  Janice Watson,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
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  • 171.
    Berlioz: Complete Orchestral Works / Sir Colin Davis
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456143 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Renata Scheffel-Stein,  Roy Jowitt,  John Constable,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 172.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4581182 Release Date: 08/11/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Placido Domingo,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan,  Alberto Erede  ... 
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  • 173.
    Bravissimo! - The Best Of Bel Canto
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454311 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  John del Carlo,  Agnes Baltsa,  Carol Malone,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Claudio Scimone,  Semyon Bychkov,  Donato Renzetti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 174.
    Gilbert & Sullivan - Highlights / Mackerras, Welsh Opera
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80431 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Richard Suart,  Peter Savidge,  Barry Banks,  Rebecca Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 175.
    Fauré: Requiem / Marriner, Mcnair, Allen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446084 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Florent Schmitt,  Charles Koechlin,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Thomas Allen,  John Birch
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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