Thomas Michael Allen

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.

2017-09-01

Repertoire (Opera)
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
Repertoire (Concert)
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
Discography
— CDs —
La vera costanza HAYDN
La vera costanza
Manuel Hernandez-Silva, Dirigent
WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln
Capriccio (2016)
La Straniera BELLINI
La Straniera
mit Edita Gruberova
Pietro Rizzi, Dirigent
SWR Orchester (2015)
Far away BEETHOVEN / FAURÉ / ZEMLINSKY / BRITTEN / BARBER / EISLER / WEILL
Far away
Thomas Michael Allen, Tenor
Charles Spencer, Piano
Capriccio (2014)
Le Roi et le Fermier MONSIGNY
Le Roi et le Fermier
Opera Lafayette Orchestra
Ryan Brown
Naxos (2013)
Medonte MYSLIVECEK
Medonte
Werner Erhardt, l'arte del mondo
In der Titelpartie der Erstaufnahme:
Thomas Michael Allen
deutsche harmonia mundi (2012)
Medonte MAYR
Ariadne on Naxos
Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Chorus und Ensemble
Cornelia Horak, Thomas Michael Allen
Naxos (2012)
Medonte PAËR
Il Santo Sepolcro
Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Chorus und Ensemble
Cornelia Horak, Vanessa Barkowski,
Thomas Michael Allen, Jens Hamann
Naxos (2012)
Serenades BEETHOVEN
Sinfonien 1-9
Ruben Gazarian, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn
Claudia Barainsky, Christa Mayer, Thomas Michael Allen, Konrad Jarnot
Bayer-Records (2011)
Serenades RAMEAU
Les Paladins
Konrad Junghänel
Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik
Coviello Classics(2010)
Serenades TANGUY - BRITTEN - TCHAIKOVSKI
Serenades
Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestre Poitou Charentes
Thomas Michael Allen, Tenor
Takenori Nemoto, Horn
LMC (2010)
Mendelssohn-Lieder MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY
Lieder mit und ohne Worte
Thomas Michael Allen, Tenor
Reinhild Mees, Klavier
ARS 38479 (2009)
Mendelssohn-Psalms MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY
Psalmen
Helmuth Rilling
Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
hänssler CLASSIC 98.273 (2009)
Purcell PURCELL
Divine Hymns
William Christie
Les Arts Florissants
Virgin Classics/EMI (2007)
Les Arts Florissants | William Christie 30th Anniversary Edition
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie
Virgin Classics (2009)
fEYER TEYBER / HAYDN / CANNABICH
Mozarts Gedaechtnis Feyer
Christoph Hammer
Neue Hofkapelle München
ORF Edition Alte Musik (2006)
GALUPPI
La Diavolessa
Wolfgang Katschner
Lautten Compagney Berlin
CPO (2003)
TORRI
La Baviera
Christoph Hammer
Neue Hofkapelle München
ARS 38001 (2003)
MOZART
Ascanio in Alba
Jed Wentz
Musica ad Rhenum
Brilliant Classics 99734/1-3 (2002)
JAKOB TER VELDHUIS
Paradiso - Oratorio
Alexander Liebreich
North Netherlands
Orchestra & Concert Choir
Chandos CHAN 10050 (2001)
BRAHMS
Vineta - Songs of loving and dying
Enoch zu Guttenberg
Vocal Quartetto, Piano: Gitti Pirner
Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern
FARAO classics B108027 (2000)
BACH
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Enoch zu Guttenberg
Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern
Klangverwaltung
FARAO classics B108015 (1997)
— DVDs —
Händel: Semele HÄNDEL
Semele
Cecilia Bartoli (Semele)
Thomas Michael Allen (Athamas)
William Christie (Dirigent)
Universal/Music/DVD(2009)
MOZART / GERI / HENNEBERG /
SCHACK / SCHICKANEDER

Der Stein der Weisen
Jan Willem de Vriend
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
(2003)
JAKOB TER VELDHUIS
Paradiso
Alexander Liebreich
North Netherlands
Orchestra & Concert Choir
Chandos CHDV 5015 DVD-V (2001)