On March 16, 2019, Sir Thomas Allen gave his final performance at the Royal Opera House.
The Royal Opera House announced via social media that the famed baritone gave his final performance with the house in “Così Fan Tutte.” In a social media message, the company said, “Sir Thomas Allen coming off stage after last night’s performance of ‘Così fan tutte’ – his last with The Royal Opera. Sir Thomas made his debut more than 45 years ago and sang 50 roles for the Company – a true artist whose contribution to the Royal Opera House has been immense.”
Allen made his Royal Opera debut as Donald in “Billy Budd” in 1971 and went on to become one of the company’s most revered performers of his generation. Among the roles he sang with the company included Count Almaviva in “Le nozze di Figaro,” Don Giovanni, Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte,” Figaro in “Il barbiere di Siviglia,” Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore,” and Posa in “Don Carlo.”
He also sang the role of Ford in “Falstaff,” Wolfram von Eschinbach in “Tannhäuser,” Eugene Onegin, Pelléas, Balstrode in “Peter Grimes,” Billy Budd, Sweeney Todd, Prosdocimo n “Il turco in Italia,” and created the role of Roc in “The Exterminating Angel.”
Allen next directs “Die Zauberflöte” at the Scottish Opera this summer.