On the concert stage as well as in opera, Thomas Michael Allen has established a reputation for his exceptional vocalism and vivid portrayals of a wide range of lyric tenor roles. His repertoire includes operas by Monteverdi and haute-contre roles of the French baroque, as well as leading roles in the operas of Mozart and recent works of composers such as Hans Werner Henze and Philip Glass. Mr. Allen was born in Chicago and began his musical studies as a pianist. After earning a degree in English Literature at Davidson College, he received a Master’s Degree in voice from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has worked with such conductors as William Christie, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Simone Young, Julia Jones, Gary Bertini, Helmuth Rilling, and Kurt Masur, singing with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Academy for Ancient Music, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He has a varied concert repertoire and is one of the most sought-after Evangelists in the Passions of Bach. Mr. Allen has sung at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Zurich Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, La Monnaie in Brussels, Grand Théatre de Genève, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Monte Carlo, de Nederlandse Opera, and the Stuttgart Opera, working with many prominent directors including Robert Carsen, David McVicar, Laurent Pelly, Nigel Lowrey, Dieter Dorn, Pierre Audi, and Graham Vick. Highlights from past seasons include Calisis in Les Boréades in Lyon and Zurich, Athamas in Semele in Zurich and Beijing, the Demon in Hans Werner Henze’s L’Upupa at the Opéra de Lyon and in Tokyo (Suntory Hall) and Dresden, the Painter in Berg’s Lulu in Athens (Trianti Hall/Megaron), Arnalta/Mercurio in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Paris (Champs-Élysées), Berlin (Staatsoper) and Brussels, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Göttingen, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville in Berlin (Komische Oper) and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Rennes. Mr. Allen appears alongside Cecilia Bartoli on the recently released Decca DVD of Handel’s Semele from the Zurich Opera with William Christie conducting. Gramophone described his performance as Dante on the Chandos DVD of the world premiere of Jacob ter Veldhuis’s Paradiso as “stunning.” He can be heard on numerous CD recordings, most recently on Purcell Divine Hymns, again with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants (EMI-Virgin Classics), and his first solo CD, “Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Songs with and without words.” Upcoming CD releases include the title role in Myslevicek’s rediscovered opera Medonte, and Errico in Haydn’s La vera costanza (both for Harmonia Mundi).