Mr. Allen made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 1993. Recognized in the buffo repertoire for performances in such roles as Don Pasquale and Don Magnifico in La cenerentola, he has stepped outside of comedy for numerous productions of Candy in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, experienced multiple heart attacks in Blitztein’s Regina, and sung numerous contemporary operas, most recently creating the tragic Jacob in Martin Breslin’s My Friend’s Story at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.
Other previous engagements include Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with the Connecticut and Edmonton operas, Pistola in Falstaff with Atlanta and San Diego Operas, and Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Cleveland Opera. He has sung in Il barbiere di Siviglia more than 100 times, occasionally as Bartolo, occasionally as Basilio. The deep tones of the repertoire have found expression in Mr. Allen’s performances of Sarastro in Die Zauberflőte and of Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
The bass can be seen on a video of Gianni Schicchi with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and heard as Elviro in Xerxes on a recording made in Poland and available through Koch Records. He has sung as soloist at Carnegie Hall twice in the Mozart Requiem.
Mr. Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in English, partly explaining his predilection for Gilbert and Sullivan, and a Master of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. After many years as a resident of Greater New York, he moved Charleston, SC in 2015.
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