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.


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


"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."

NEWS: Barber of Seville to be Broadcast Live in Cinemas

English National Opera

Rossini’s comic masterpiece – a prequel to the story of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – returns to the London Coliseum in Jonathan Miller’s elegant and much-loved production. Now in its twelfth revival, and described as a “national institution” by the Sunday Telegraph, this Tiepolo-inspired staging makes brilliant interplay between Italian commedia dell’arte and Whitehall farce. On 19th October, The Barber of Seville will be broadcast live in cinemas across the UK and Ireland, and in selected cinemas worldwide, as part of ENO Screen.

REVIEWS: Morning Star

Cincinnati Opera

"The opera is opulent in its vocalism, with a well-connected series of stylistically diverse numbers set against accompaniment textures that are thinner and more contrapuntal than Strauss's, while still being full of color. On Tuesday, all that was richly displayed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and insightfully guided by conductor Christopher Allen."

FEATURE: New Artist of the Month

Musical America

"Perhaps it’s no surprise then, that Christopher Allen is being noticed, from Los Angeles, where he has served as associate conductor of LA Opera for the past three seasons, to Cincinnati, where he has just been named to a new position, The John L. Magro Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera. Suddenly, it seems, Allen is appearing on opera podiums on multiple continents."