Cincinnati Opera Conductor Christopher Allen Wins The Georg Solti Conducting Award

By Francisco Salazar

Christopher Allen has won the Solti Conducting award.

Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S. and Elizabeth Buccheri, Artistic and Awards Committee Chair, announced that the Foundation’s eighth grant would be awarded to Allen, the Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera.

“We are most pleased to announce Christopher Allen will receive this year’s Solti Conducting Award,” stated Ms. Van Horn in a press release.

“Christopher, previously recognized with a Career Assistance Award in 2016, exemplifies our objective of supporting talented young American Conductors as they continue to develop their orchestral and operatic conducting skills. His exceptional young career promises to fulfill our goal and extend sir Georg’s legacy.”

The award will entail a $30,000 career grant which was increased from the previous year and will become the largest grant awarded to young American conductors in the United States.

The grant is to further the winner’s career, whether it be further studies, purchases of scores, travel, etc. The Award also brings door-opening introductions within the industry and valuable access to mentors.

Allen is steadily becoming a household name and recently made his debut with the Washington National Opera conducting Donizetti’s “La fille du régiment,” with Florida Grand Opera conducting Cuban-American composer Jorge Martín’s “Before Night Falls,” and with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis leading the new revised version of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Grapes of Wrath.” He recently made his UK debut conducting “The Barber of Seville” at the English National Opera. He is next scheduled to conduct Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” with the Cincinnati Opera.