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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 and Zurich), Athamas in Semele (Zurich and Beijing), the Demon in Hans Werner Henze’s L’Upupa (Lyon, Tokyo and Dresden), the Painter in Berg’s Lulu (Athen), Arnalta/Mercurio in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Paris, Berliner Staatsoper, Brussel), Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Göttingen), Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (Berlin, Komische Oper), Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Rennes), Oronte in Händel’s Alcina (Händel-Festspiele Halle), Manto in Les Paladins (Düsseldorf), Mercure/Thespis in Platée (Düsseldorf), Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (Rouen) as well as le Roi in Monsigny’s Le Roi et le Fermier (Washington, D.C., New York and Versailles).

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.

The season 2013/14 includes a solo recital of works by Benjamin Britten at the Tagespiegel in Berlin, concert performances of Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier) with René Fleming and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. with Christoph Eschenbach, the tenor roles in Michael Nyman’s Facing Goya at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Linfea in Cavalli’s La Calisto at the Cincinnati Opera.

February 2014

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