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Happy 70th birthday, Sir Tom!

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on September 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

A very happy birthday to Sir Tom who turns 70 today. Despite dealing with bronchitis, he celebrated and sang with style at his 70th Birthday Celebration concert at Wigmore Hall last night. Martin Kettle of The Guardian and John Allison of The Telegraph gave warm reviews of the special occasion here and here.

Here's hoping that he recovers soon and many happy returns, Sir Tom!

Sir Tom receives the Queen's Medal for Music

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on March 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

(Photo credit: The British Monarchy/Press Association)

Once again, heartiest congratulations to Sir Tom who was awarded the Queen's Medal for Music by Her Majesty the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday (19th March). As Sir Tom said in January upon hearing the news: 'This very special award means so much to me and I’m very proud to have been selected.'

Sir Tom to be awarded the Queen's Medal for Music

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on January 7, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Warmest congratulations to Sir Tom who is to be the recipient of the Queen's Medal for Music for 2013! Her Majesty the Queen will present him with his award, which has in the past been awarded to musicians such as the oboist Nicholas Daniel, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and conductors Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Colin Davis, in a ceremony later this year.

Happy birthday, Sir Tom!

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on September 10, 2013 at 1:55 AM

A very happy 69th birthday to Sir Thomas who currently will be hard at work on directing Scottish Opera's new production of Don Giovanni which opens this autumn.

Best of luck and many happy returns, Sir Tom!

Sir Tom in next month's 'Opera News'; 'Ariadne' photos and a new 'Don Giovanni'

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on May 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

(Photo credit: Opera News)

Sir Thomas is featured in the 'On the Beat' section in the June issue of Opera News, published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. You can also read his short interview regarding his time in Boston earlier this year here.

Also available are photos from this year's production of Ariadne auf Naxos where he is currrently singing the role of the Music Master on Glyndebourne's website.

And also another bit of exciting news, a new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni is in works for Scottish Opera later this year with Sir Tom once again in the director's chair. More details can be found here.

Sir Tom on Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on May 21, 2013 at 2:30 AM

In view of his appearance in the production of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne which opens this month, Sir Tom spoke to Tom Service of The Guardian about the opera and why he thinks there's something in common between Wagner's Beckmesser and Strauss's Music Master.

Read the interview here.

Sir Tom delights in double role in BLO's 'Cosi'

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on March 20, 2013 at 3:35 AM

(Photo credit: Boston Lyric Opera/Eric Antoniou)

Many congratulations to Sir Tom who has not only made one but two debuts at the Boston Lyric Opera: as singer and director in a new production of Così fan tutte which premiered on 15 March.

Reviews have so far been excellent and performances will run till 24 March. The cast includes Caroline Worra as Fiordiligi, Sandra Piques Eddy as Dorabella, Phyllis Pancella as Despina, Paul Appleby as Ferrando, Matthew Worth as Guglielmo and Sir Tom as Don Alfonso.

'...well sung and very enjoyable. ...

...This production, discreetly cut, whizzes by in three hours with one intermission. It’s directed by renowned British baritone Thomas Allen, who also sings Don Alfonso, and does full justice to it. There’s no meanness in Allen’s mischievous codger, who presides over a beach romp that takes place along the Bay of Naples, in Napoleonic times, with real sand for the mostly barefoot lovers to walk on, and a gently raked boardwalk...many delightful surprises in this "Cosi".'

- Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe

'Written in High Classical style, the melodies are charming, and seemingly simple. Yet the score contains contrapuntal and rhythmic complexities which require a group of tremendously talented singers to negotiate, not to mention the challenges of comic acting. Boston Lyric Opera has gathered just such a cast for its "Cosi...," a production that succeeds on every level.

...In a real coup, BLO landed legendary bass/baritone, and internationally renowned recording artist, Thomas Allen to perform the buffo role of the sly instigator Don Alfonso. Not only did he sing wonderfully, but his vast experience in the theater was evident from his authoritative stage presence and flawless comic timing.'

- Ed Tapper, EDGE Boston

Dates to look out for in 2013

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on January 8, 2013 at 9:25 PM

A belated Happy New Year to everyone and best wishes for the coming year!

Just a few dates and events at the moment to look out for in 2013:

6th and 9th February 2013: Sir Tom will be at the Sage Gateshead for a Samling Masterclass and Concert respectively.

March 2013: Directorial debut at the Boston Lyric Opera with a new production of Così fan tutte. Performances will run from 15th to 24th March.

And finally, Sir Tom will be making a return to Glyndebourne this May as the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos. Exact dates are yet to be confirmed but the first performance should be 18th May with bookings opening in late March.

Christmas Concert at Durham Cathedral

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on December 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Sir Thomas will be back in Durham this Saturday not in his role as Chancellor but as baritone soloist at the Christmas Concert to take place at the cathedral; also taking part are Prince Bishops Brass. Sir Tom was also recently interviewed by David Whetstone from The Journal ahead of this weekend's concert which starts at 7.30 pm. 

Tickets can be purchased from the Gala Theatre or via their website at

Sir Thomas and Durham University in Chicago

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on November 20, 2012 at 8:40 AM

(Photo credit: Michael Hudson Photography)

Sir Thomas took a break from directing Don Pasquale at the Lyric Opera of Chicago to join the Durham University Alumni Reception at the British Consulate-General in Chicago on 10th November. While officially in his role as Chancellor, he also provided some of the evening's entertainment by singing a few tunes.

More photos of the evening can be found at Michael Hudson's website here.