Robert Allen tenor
Tenor Robert Allen is an active concert, oratorio, and operatic soloist. He has performed with orchestras and opera companies across central and northern New York, throughout New England, and along the Eastern seaboard. Professional highlights include the roles of Cassio in Verdi’s Otello (for which he received the Syracuse Opera’s award for “Outstanding Performance by a Singer in a Featured Role” in 2005), Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and Frederick and Nanki-Poo in the Gilbert and Sullivan classics The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, all with the Syracuse Opera Company. Other roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Sailor in Milhaud’s Le Pauvre Matelot, and the Governor in Candide. Mr. Allen has been a featured soloist in many and varied concert and oratorio works including Messiah, the Christmas Oratorio of both J.S. Bach and Saint-Saens, Bach’s Saint John and Saint Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Saint Paul oratorios, the Mozart Requiem, the Verdi Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, and the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven.
More recently, Robert performed the role of Simon Rosedale in the world premiere production of Lily – A Musical Portrait with the Empire State Lyric Theater. The tenor is also featured on the CD release of Tales from the West Virginia Hills with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Grant Cooper conducting.
Robert has spent a large part of his professional career as a teaching artist,
presenting age-appropriate versions of operatic works and children’s fairy tales
set to music of great composers in schools and libraries across New York State
as part of the Syracuse Opera Ensemble, The Empire Opera Theater, and The
Oswego Opera Theater. He currently serves on the voice and theory faculties of
the Music Department of the SUNY College at Oswego, and is a sought-after
choral/orchestral conductor, choral clinician, and voice teacher.