At thirty-one, conductor Christopher Allen is one of the fastest-rising podium stars in North America. The Rockaway, Queens native was named resident conductor at Cincinnati Opera in 2015 and earlier this year received the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award; recent seasons have brought debuts at English National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and LA Opera, where he served five years on the music staff. This season Allen leads Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain at North Carolina Opera and La Fille du Régiment at Atlanta Opera; spring 2018 brings a new production of La Traviata, directed by Patricia Racette, at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where Allen made his debut conducting his friend Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath in May. Allen’s leadership of Gordon’s broad-ranging score was a model of clarity, vigor and intelligence, keenly detailed and richly colored; his work with soloists, chorus and orchestra was first-class.
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