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Open Features: Sir Thomas Allen

Peter Wintersgill outlines the life of the famous opera singer Sir Thomas Allen.

10 September, 1944, in Seaham Harbour.

Thomas, a draper's agent.


Studied at the Royal College of Music.

Adult life
Sir Thomas's opera debut was with the Welsh National Opera in 1969. He sang at Covent Garden from 1971 and at Glyndebourne from 1973.

He was a noted interpreter of Britten's Billy Budd and of Mozart's Figaro, Papageno & Don Giovanni, the latter at Glyndebourne.

He is also a noted concert singer.

He was created a Companion of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 and was awarded a knigthood ten years later.


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