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 Philharmonic, 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 and Graham Vick.
Highlights from past seasons include Calisis in Les Boréades in Lyon and Zurich, Athamas in Semele in Zurich, the Demon in Hans Werner Henze’s L’Upupa at the Opera de Lyon and in Tokyo (Suntory Hall), the Painter in Berg’s Lulu in Athens (Trianti Hall/Megaron), Arnalta/Mercurio in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Paris (Champs-Élyées), Berlin (Staatsoper) and Brussels, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Göttingen, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville in Berlin (Komische Oper) and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Rennes.
Thomas Michael Allen appears alongside Cecilia Bartoli on the recently released 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, to be released in Autumn 2009, his first solo CD Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Songs with and without words.
Upcoming engagements include Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at the Chorin Festival with Christoph Müller, Oronte in Handel’s Alcina at the Handel Festival in Halle with Andrea Marcon, Manto in Rameau’s Les Paladins in Düsseldorf with Konrad Junghänel, as well as Bach Cantatas with the RIAS Kammerchor at Théatre des Champs-Élyées in Paris and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Hans-Christoph Rademann.