After studies at the Royal College of Music, Allen made his debut with WNO in 1969. He has distinguished himself in an exceptionally broad repertory, from Purcell to Thea Musgrave.
Soile Isokoski pays tribute:
I was in the audience at Salzburg when I first saw Tom; it was Figaro and he sang the Count. I was very impressed and liked him immediately. Since then we’ve done Meistersinger, Così, Rosenkavalier and Ariadne together: all very different styles but he does them all so well. He has a wonderfully flexible voice; it’s not the biggest but it can ride an orchestra with ease. He’s such a wonderful communicator with the audience and he brings the characters 100 per cent to life. And on stage he’s a wonderful colleague: he’s always happy, always positive. It’s always a pleasure to work with him.