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."

REVIEWS: Opera in the Park

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

"At a Cincinnati Opera outdoor park concert in early June, a lithe, self-assured conductor navigated the program of operatic chestnuts and orchestral favorites with an easy, natural flair. It was a performance that was at once supportive, unassuming, and richly musical."

NEWS: Christopher Allen Named John L. Magro Resident Conductor

Cincinnati  Opera

Cincinnati Opera is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Allen to the newly-created position of the John L. Magro Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera. This position carries with it the opportunity to conduct one production each year in the summers of 2015, 2016, and 2017. In those years, Mr. Allen will also conduct Opera in the Park, the annual free concert in Washington Park that inaugurates the Opera’s summer season.

NEWS: Christopher Allen Nominated

International Opera Awards 2015

American conductor Christopher Allen has been nominated in the "Newcomer" category of the International Opera Awards 2015. The awards, which are now in their third year, celebrate and promote ecellence in opera by honouring the achievements of performers, producers, and backstage teams. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 26 April 2015.

REVIEWS: Rigoletto

Opera Santa Barbara

“Maestro Christopher Allen rounded out the group of artists making auspicious Opera Santa Barbara debuts in this production with a fine and satisfying account of the score. Done this well, Rigoletto remains irresistible, one of the greatest and certainly one of the most enduring of all Italian operas.”