Sir Thomas Allen - Britain's Favourite Baritone

An unofficial website dedicated to Britain's finest lyric baritone

Discography

A discography of Sir Thomas on both commercially released sound and video recordings. This list is by no means complete and will be updated from time to time. 

* denotes recommended works, ^ denotes rare or out-of-print recordings

Audio

Art songs, Lieder, Chanson and Song Cycles

*1983 - Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel

Thomas Allen c. Simon Rattle (EMI Classics)

^1985 - The Sea

Thomas Allen/Sarah Walker/Roger Vignoles (Hyperion)

1987 - Duruflé: Requiem and Four Motets

Thomas Allen/Ann Murray/Croydon Singers c. Matthew Best (Hyperion)

1989 - The Songs of Henry Duparc

Thomas Allen/Sarah Walker/Roger Vignoles (Hyperion)

1989 - Schumann: Dichterliebe

Thomas Allen/Roger Vignoles (Virgin Classics)

1990 - Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music, Flos Campi and Five Mystical Songs

Thomas Allen/Croydon Singers c. Matthew Best (Hyperion)

1990 - Brahms: Lieder

Thomas Allen/Geoffrey Parsons (Virgin Classics)

1990 - On the Idle Hill of Summer: Songs and Song Cycles by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Quilter and Peel

Thomas Allen/Geoffrey Parsons (Virgin Classics)

1991 - Schubert: Winterreise

Thomas Allen/Roger Vignoles (Virgin Classics)

1992 - Wolf: Lieder

Thomas Allen/Geoffrey Parsons (Virgin Classics)

1993 - The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 16 – Schiller Settings

Thomas Allen/Graham Johnson (Hyperion)

1993 - Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem

Howarth/Ainsley/Allen c. Matthew Best

1994 - Barber: Dover Beach

Thomas Allen/Roger Vignoles (Virgin Classics)

1997 - Beethoven: Folksong Arrangements, etc.

Thomas Allen/Felicity Lott/Malcolm Martineau (Deutsche Grammophon)

*2002 - Songs My Father Taught Me

Thomas Allen/Malcolm Martineau (Hyperion)

*2003 - More Songs My Father Taught Me

Thomas Allen/Malcolm Martineau (Hyperion)

*2005 - Wigmore Hall Live: Songs by Beethoven, Wolf, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams

Thomas Allen/Malcolm Martineau (Wigmore Hall Live)

 

Musicals and operetta

1993 - Fred Graham/Petruchio in Porter: Kiss Me Kate

Allen/Montague/Bickley/Langton c. John Owen Edwards (Jay Records)

1993 - If I Loved You: Love Duets from the Musicals 

Thomas Allen/Valerie Masterson/c. John Owen Edwards/Philharmonia Orchestra (Jay Records)

1994 - Captain Corcoran in Gilbert and Sullivan: H.M.S Pinafore

Suart/Allen/Schade/Evans/Palmer/Adams/Van Allan c. Sir Charles Mackerras (Telarc)


Operas

^1974 - Wagner in Boito: Mefistofele

Treigle/Domingo/Caballé c. Julius Rudel (EMI Classics)

1975 - Moralés in Bizet: Carmen

Troyanos/Domingo/Van Dam/Te Kanawa c. Sir Georg Solti (Decca)

^1976 - Belcore in Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

Carreras/Hayashi/Allen/Evans/Watson c. Sir John Pritchard (Legato Classics/Gala)

1978 - Claudio in Berlioz: Beatrice et Benédict

Baker/Tear/Van Allan c. Sir Colin Davis (Philips/Universal)

*1979 - Valentin in Gounod: Faust

Domingo/Freni/Ghiaurov c. Georges Prêtre (EMI Classics)

^1979 - Ned Keene in Britten: Peter Grimes

Vickers/Harper/Summers c. Sir Colin Davis (Philips)

^1980 - Hamlet in Ambroise: Hamlet

Allen/Barbaux/Hudson/Veasey c. Anthony Hose (MRF Records)

1980 - Albert in Massenet: Werther

Von Stade/Carreras/Allen c. Sir Colin Davis (Philips/Universal)

1980 - Hector in Tippett: King Priam

Bailey/Allen/Roberts c. David Atherton (Chandos)

^1980 - Silvio in Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

Scotto/Carreras/Nurmel c. Riccardo Muti (HMV/EMI Classics)

*1981 - Count Almaviva in Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

Ramey/Popp/Te Kanawa/Allen c. Sir Georg Solti (Decca)

*1982 - Figaro in Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia 

Allen/Baltsa/Araiza c. Sir Neville Marriner (Philips)

*1984 - Don Giovanni in Mozart: Don Giovanni

Allen/Vaness/Araiza c. Bernard Haitink (EMI Classics)

1985 - Aeneas in Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Norman/Allen/McLaughlin c. Raymond Leppard (Decca) 

1985 - Oreste in Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

Montague/Allen/Aler c. John Eliot Gardiner (Philips/Decca)

^1985 - Ulisse in Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria

Allen/Kuhlmann/Ramirez c. Jeffrey Tate (Orfeo)

^1987 - Figaro in Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

Allen/Battle/Hynninen/Price c. Riccardo Muti (EMI Classics)

*1989 - Onegin in Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Allen/Freni/Shicoff/Ghiaurov/Von Otter c. James Levine (Deutsche Grammophon)

1990 - Guglielmo in Mozart: Così fan tutte

Araiza/Allen/Van Dam/Von Otter c. Sir Neville Marriner (Philips/Decca)

1990 - Don Giovanni in Mozart: Don Giovanni

Allen/Araiza/Alaimo/Mattila/McLaughlin c. Sir Neville Marriner (Phillips)

1991 - Papageno in Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Hadley/Allen/Hendricks c. Sir Charles Mackerras (Telarc)

1991 - The Forester in Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen [Opera in English]

Allen/Tear/Watson c. Sir Simon Rattle (Chandos)

1992 - Oreste in Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

Allen/Vaness/Winbergh c. Muti (Sony Classics) 

1992 - Balstrode in Britten: Peter Grimes

Rolfe Johnson/Lott/Allen c. Bernard Haitink (EMI Classics)

^1996 - Don Alfonso in Mozart: Così fan tutte

Martinpelto/Hagley/Murray/Streit/Finley/Allen c. Sir Simon Rattle (EMI Classics)

1997 - Beckmesser in Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Winbergh/Gustafson/Tomlinson/Allen c. Bernard Haitink (Royal Opera House Heritage Series)

^1999 - The Count in Strauss: Capriccio

Lott/Allen/Kunde/Genz c. Georges Prêtre (Forlane) 

2006 - Don Alfonso in Mozart: Così fan tutte [Opera in English]

Watson/Montague/Garrett/Spence/Maltman/Allen c. Sir Charles Mackerras (Chandos)

 

Opera arias

1984 - Mozart: Arias

c. Richard Armstrong/Scottish Chamber Orchestra (EMI Classics)

2005 - Sir Thomas Allen: Great Operatic Arias

c. David Parry/London Philharmonic Orchestra (Chandos)

2008 - Sir Thomas Allen: Great Operatic Arias 2

c. David Parry/Philharmonia Orchestra (Chandos)

 

Oratorios/Cantatas

*1975 - Orff: Carmina Burana

Armstrong/English/Allen c. André Previn (EMI Classics)

1992 - Elijah in Mendelssohn: Elijah

Allen/Rolfe Johnson/Kenny/Von Otter c. Sir Neville Marriner (Philips)

2003 - Saul in Handel: Saul (recorded in 1980)

Allen/Tear/Esswood/Daniels/Burgess c. Philip Ledger (Virgin Classics)

 

Other recordings

^1997 - Guest soloist in Perfect Day (BBC Children in Need charity single)

Video

Operas

1975 - Guglielmo in Mozart: Così fan tutte [Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1975]

Austin/Allen/Petri/Döse/Lindenstrand/Perriers c. Sir John Pritchard (ArtHaus Musik)

*1982 - Marcello in Puccini: La bohème [Royal Opera House]

Shicoff/Cotrubas/Allen/Zschau/Rawnsley/Howell c. Lamberto Gardelli (Kultur Video)

1983 - Lescaut in Puccini: Manon Lescaut [Royal Opera House]

Domingo/Te Kanawa/Allen c. Giuseppe Sinopoli (Kultur Video)

^1985 - Ulisse in Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria [Salzburg Festival 1985]

1985 - Count Almaviva in Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [The Metropolitan Opera]

Vaness/Battle/von Stade/Allen/Raimondi c. James Levine (Polygram Records)

Allen/Kuhlmann/Ramirez c. Jeffrey Tate (Image Entertainment)

*1987 - Don Giovanni in Mozart: Don Giovanni

Allen/Gruberova/Desderi/Araiza/Murray c. Riccardo Muti (Opus Arte)

*1988 - Billy Budd in Britten: Billy Budd [English National Opera]

Allen/Langridge/Van Allan c. David Atherton (ArtHaus Musik)

1991 - Don Giovanni in Mozart: Don Giovanni [Cologne Opera]

Allen/Vaness/Furlanetto/Rost c. James Conlon (ArtHaus Musik)

1995 - The Forester in Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen [Chatelet Theatre, Paris]

Allen/Jenis c. Sir Charles Mackerras (ArtHaus Musik)

2001 - Beckmesser in Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [The Metropolitan Opera]

Morris/Matilla/Heppner/Allen c. James Levine (Deutsche Grammophon)

2003 - Gabriel von Eisenstein in Strauss II: Die Fledermaus [Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2003]

Allen/Armstrong/Petrova c. Vladimir Jurowski (Opus Arte)

2006 - Don Alfonso in Mozart: Così fan tutte [Salzburg Festival 2006]

Martinez/Koch/Mathey/Degout/Donath/Allen c. Manfred Honeck (Decca)

2008 - Peter in Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel [Royal Opera House]

Damrau/Kirchschlager/Allen c. Sir Colin Davis (Opus Arte)

 

Oratorios/Cantatas

1988 - Orff: Carmina Burana

Battle/Lopardo/Allen c. Seiji Ozawa (Philips)

1999 - The Centurion in The People's Passion

Norman/Cope/Allen/Hardy c. John Scott (Kultur)