Washington National Opera
“The whole thing was supported by vital conducting by Christopher Allen, as well as an orchestra still bearing traces of its Wagner triumph last spring in the solid brass solos in the overture. It adds up to a pretty, polished evening.”
Anne Midgette, Washington Post
"Washington National Opera Orchestra Conductor Christopher Allen interprets Donizetti’s music with utter sensitivity and nuance."
David Friscic, DC Metro Theater Arts
"Conductor Christopher Allen pulled the overture together into a coherent piece, and mainly kept a firm hand on the drama."
"Conductor Christopher Allen kept the score percolating nicely."
Tim Smith, Opera News
*Christopher Allen allowed enough rhythmic flexibility to give the pit musicians confidence, as with the exposed horn and woodwind solos that open the overture."
Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review
"WNO continues their streak of debuting young conductors with the debut of the super in-demand Christopher Allen."
Jenny Minich, Broadway World
"Allen and the orchestra bring out all of Donizetti’s military-march oompahs and weepy melodrama with verve."
Mike Paarlberg, Washington City Paper
"Nicely nuanced conducting by Christopher Allen adds much to the production. He knows how to keep the tempos jumping but also how to sculpt a lyrical line eloquently, and he coaxes colorful playing from the orchestra."
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun