Thomas Michael Allen

Tenor

Vita

On the concert stage as well as in opera Thomas Michael Allen has established a reputation for his exceptional vocalism and his vivid portrayals of wide range of lyric tenor roles. His repertoire includes operas by Monteverdi and haute contre roles of the French baroque, as well as leading roles in the operas of Mozart and recent works of composers such as Hans Werner Henze and Philip Glass.

Thomas Michael Allen was born in Chicago and began his musical studies as a pianist. After earning a degree in English Literature at Davidson College he received a Master’s Degree in voice from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

He has worked with such conductors as William Christie, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Simone Young, Julia Jones, Gary Bertini, Helmut Rilling and Kurt Masur, singing with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharamonic, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Academy for Ancient Music, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He has a wide and varied concert repertoire and is recognized as one of the most sought-after Evangelists in the Passions of Bach.

Thomas Michael Allen has sung at the Théatre des Champs-Élyées in Paris, Zurich Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, La Monnaie in Brussels, Grand Théatre de Genève, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Monte Carlo, de Nederlandse Opera and the Stuttgart Opera working with many prominent directors including Robert Carsen, David McVicar, Laurent Pelly, Nigel Lowrey, Dieter Dorn, Pierre Audi, Graham Vick and Barrie Kosky.

Highlights from past seasons include Calisis in LES BORÉADES (Lyon und Zürich), Athamas in SEMELE (Zürich und Beijing), the Demon in Hans Werner Henzes L’UPUPA (Lyon, Tokio und Dresden), the Painter in Bergs LULU (Athen), Arnalta/Mercurio in Monteverdis L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (Paris, Berliner Staatsoper, Brüssel), Belmonte in Mozarts DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (Göttingen), Almaviva in DER BARBIER VON SEVILLA, Flaut in Brittens EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM und Eumaios in Monteverdis ODYSSEUS (Berlin, Komische Oper) Purcells THE FAIRY QUEEN (Rennes) , Oronte in Händels ALCINA (Händel-Festspiele in Halle), Manto in LES PALADINS (Düsseldorf), Mercure/Thespis in PLATÉE (Düsseldorf), Peter Quint in THE TURN OF THE SCREW (Rouen),  le Roi in Monsignys LE ROI ET LE FERMIER (Washington, D.C., New York, and Versailles), Wirt in DER ROSENKAVALIER (Baden-Baden, Osterfestpielen with the Berliner Philharmonikern, conductor Sir Simon Rattle) as well in the title role of Vivaldis CATONE IN UTICA (Glimmerglass Festival).

Thomas Michael Allen appears alongside Cecilia Bartoli on the Decca DVD of Handel’s Semele from the Zurich Opera with William Christie conducting. Grammophone described his performance as Dante on the Chandos DVD of the world premiere of Jacob ter Veldhuis’s Paradiso as ‘stunning’. He can be heard on numerous CD recordings, most recently on Purcell Divine Hymns, again with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants (EMI-Virgin Classics), and his first solo CD Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Songs with and without words. Recent releases include the title roles in both Josef Myslivecek’s Medonte (Harmonia Mundi) and Monsigny’s Le Roi et le Fermier (Naxos) His second solo CD, Far Away (Capriccio), with pianist Charles Spencer will be released in March 2014.

2018-09-01

Berg LULU Der Maler/der Neger
Boismortier DON QUICHOTTE CHEZ LA DUCHESSE Don Quichotte
Cavalli ELIOGABALO Lenia
Glass IN THE PENAL COLONY Visitor
Graun L’ORFEO Plutone
Halevy LA JUIVE Léopold
Händel ALCINA Oronte
  SEMEL Athamas
Haydn/Steinke DIE WELT AUF DEM MOND Astradamus
Haydn LA VERA COSTANZA Conte Errico
Henze L’UPUPA Der Dämon
Monteverdi IL RITORNO D´ULISSE IN PATRIA Pisandro
  L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA Arnalta
Mozart DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL Belmonte
  DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Tamino
  DON GIOVANNI Don Ottavio
  LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Tito
Paisiello DON QUICHOTTE Don Quichotte
Purcell DIDO UND AENEAS Aeneas
  THE FAIRY QUEEN Tenor
Rameau HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE Hippolytus
  LES BORÉADES Calisis
  LES FÊTES D’HÉBÉ Mercure
  LES PALADINS La Fée Manto
  PIGMALION Pigmalion
  PLATÉE Thespis/Mercure
Reimann DIE GESPENSTERSONATE Johansson
Rossini IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Graf Almaviva
  LA CENERENTOLA Don Ramiro
  L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI Lindoro
Strawinsky THE RAKE’S PROGRESS Tom Rakewell
Johann Sebastian Bach h-Moll-Messe (BWV 232)
  Johannes-Passion (BWV 245)
  Magnificat (BWV 243)
  Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244)
  Weihnachtsoratorium (BWV 248)
Ludwig van Beethoven Messe C-Dur op. 86
  Missa Solemnis
Benjamin Britten Canticle II: “Abraham and Isaac”. Op. 51
  Canticle V: “The Death of Saint Narcissus”, Op. 89
  Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31
  War Requiem op. 66
Georg Friedrich Händel Belshazzar, HWV 61
  Messiah (HWV 56)
  Solomon, HWV 67
Joseph Haydn Die Jahreszeiten, Hob. XXI:3
  Die Schöpfung, Hob. XXI:2
  Missa in angustiis, Hob. XXII: 11
Frank Martin In terra pax
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Elias op. 70
  Paulus op. 36
  Sinfonie Nr. 2 in B-Dur op. 52, „Lobgesang“
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Krönungsmesse in C-Dur, KV 317
  Requiem in d-Moll. KV 626
Carl Orff Carmina Burana
Gioacchino Rossini Messa di Gloria
  Stabat Mater
Franz Schubert Lazarus, D689