REVIEWS: La traviata

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

“Conductor Christopher Allen does brilliant work, especially in his subtle control of dynamics-from the first soft strains of the overture, like a gentle breath of strings, to the poignant reprise of that melody in the final moments. The rather large orchestra beautifully supports, never dominates the voices."

NEWS: Christopher Allen to Music Direct 70th Anniversary Tour

Bel Canto Trio 

The Bel Canto Trio's 70th anniversary will be celebrated with a tour featuring today's internationally acclaimed rising opera stars: soprano Hailey Clark, tenor Joshua Guerrero, and bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee with music director Christopher Allen. The trio will perform the original program that toured the United States in the 1947/1948 season, performed by Mario Lanza, George London, and Frances Yeend.

REVIEWS: Tosca

Cincinnati Opera

"A bolt of energy arrives from the pit, and comes back again and again, thanks to the idiomatic conducting of Christopher Allen. He draws every bit of Puccini’s grandeur from the musicians and then delivers the key moments of lyricism with suppleness and sensitivity.”

NEWS: Christopher Allen Receives Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award

Solti Foundation U.S.

Penny Van Horn, Solti Foundation U.S. Board Chair, has announced Christopher Allen, John L. Magro Resident Conductor, Cincinnati Opera, and Associate Conductor, Los Angeles Opera, as a recipient of the 2016 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Awards. Now in its twelfth year of assisting outstanding young U.S. conductors to further develop their talent and careers, the Solti Foundation U.S. is the foremost organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to helping young conductors.

FEATURE: Spotlight on Christopher Allen

Schmopera

"American conductor Christopher Allen is a rising figure in today's opera scene, having assisted the likes of Robert Spano, Plácido Domingo, James Conlon, and Donald Runnicles. As the newly named John L. Magro Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera, he'll conduct their production of Tosca in July 2016. Allen recently made his UK debut with English National Opera's production of The Barber of Seville, and in March, he conducts Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. We had the chance to ask him about his work, about communication skills, and the role opera plays in his time on the podium."