REVIEWS: The Barber of Seville

English National Opera

"In the pit, Christopher Allen delivers a fine account of Rossini’s bubbly score, bringing a lightness of touch that emphasises the humour and irony to be found within its notes."
Sam Smith, musicOMH

"Musical direction was in the very capable hands of young upcoming conductor Christopher Allen from Los Angeles, who kept singers and orchestra together beautifully.... In his UK debut and first performance in a major opera house it is clear that this 29-year-old will go far, and the ensemble singing was wonderful."
Mark Ronan, markronan.com

"Musically fast, quick-witted and filled with both arias and recitatives, rising conductor Christopher Allen doesn’t fail to bring the best of Rossini’s music to light. On the opening night, he offered a bright and spirited interpretation of the overture while the ENO orchestra followed through with energy until the very end."
Mary Nguyen, Culture Vulture

“Christopher Allen ensures the orchestra matches the on-stage exuberance. “
Barry Millington, Evening Standard

“Down in the pit, the conductor Christopher Allen achieves something similar, bending, swaying, and pointing as Rossini’s phrases and colourings come and go. The orchestra responds too.”
Geoff Brown, The London Times

"Christopher Allen conducting the orchestra was delightful, bouncing along with the madcap excitement and he brought a frothy nonsense to the score which underpinned the frothy nonsense of the plot."
Eric Page, Gscene

"The orchestra and chorus do their job expertly and American conductor Christopher Allen conducts dutifully.”
George Hall, The Stage

“American conductor Christopher Allen’s house debut passes muster – It’s nicely paced and has a good head of froth.”
Mark Valencia, What's On Stage

"The conductor Christopher Allen and the ENO orchestra created some tight ensembles, and let Rossini's crescendos go off like rockets."
Peter Reed, Opera Magazine