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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.

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 on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on May 19, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Sir Thomas Allen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ian Bostridge at Wigmore Hall, 2000 (Photo credit: Keith Saunders)

With the passing of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau on Friday, Sir Thomas shared a few memories of the legendary German baritone on Last Word on BBC Radio 4 yesterday afternoon, describing his voice as 'the way forward' when first encountering his recordings as a schoolboy. 'It was formative in many ways for the rest of my life and it’s there now, it haunts me...he was hugely influential in so many ways and you have to find your own way of doing things. He had his particular way of doing things and it did affect many of us.'

You can hear the full interview with Sir Tom here on BBC iPlayer.

Sir Thomas Allen celebrates 40 Years with the Royal Opera

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on January 30, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Congratulations to Sir Tom who celebrated the 40th anniversary of his debut at the Royal Opera on the opening night (27th January) of Cosi. A celebration cake was presented at the curtain call by Sir Antonio Pappano and Lord Hall. The ROH news blog has an article and photos of that memorable evening here. Also in relation to Sir Tom's 40th anniversary at the ROH is Wednesday's episode (25th January) of In Tune with Sean Rafferty (available on BBC iPlayer until 1st February) and a short clip on BBC Breakfast from the 26th.

40 years at Covent Garden

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on January 24, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Sir Tom will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his Covent Garden debut this week as he returns to the Royal Opera in Cosi fan tutte as Don Alfonso. The Royal Opera have released a video on their official Youtube channel here while Classic FM and Classical Source amongst others have also had interviews with him.

Sir Thomas on BBC Radio 3

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on January 9, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Belated Happy New Year salutations to Allen aficionados. Sir Thomas was a guest on the programme In Tune on BBC Radio 3 on 6th January (which coincidentally was Salzburg Day), singing two Mozart songs and accompanied by David Syrus (Head of Music at the ROH) on the piano. Also on the agenda was a interesting discussion about Mozart himself, opera, songs, recitative and an anecdote about one of the baritone's first ever Don Giovannis and its unexpected outcome. The whole programme is available as an audio stream on BBC iPlayer (available until 13th January).

Thomas Allen on BBC Radio 3's Private Passions

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on June 26, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Michael Berkeley's guest for this week's episode of Private Passions was none other than Sir Thomas Allen whose musical choices included vocal and instrumental excerpts from operas from Humperdinck (Hänsel und Gretel), Wagner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Monteverdi (Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria), as well as pieces by Schubert and Frank Bridge.

This Sunday's broadcast is available as an audio stream on BBC iPlayer for the next seven days (ending 4th July).