Christopher Allen

John L. Magro Resident Conductor, Cincinnati Opera; The 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award Recipient

'In the pit, Conductor Christopher Allen ruled with a sure hand and a full heart, wringing passion and pathos out of his musicians in equal measure.”
James Sohre, Opera Today, July 27, 2017 - ‘Grapes of Wrath’ at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis'

"In his OTSL debut, conductor Christopher Allen, winner of the 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, was impressive in his command of the score and maintaining a good balance with the stage."
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 28, 2017 - 'Grapes of Wrath' at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

"From the moment the three “Scarpia chords” appear (before the curtain goes up), a bolt of energy arrives from the pit, and comes back again and again, thanks to the idiomatic conducting of Christopher Allen. He draws every bit of Puccini’s grandeur from the musicians and then delivers the key moments of lyricism with suppleness and sensitivity."
Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard International, July 1, 2016 - 'Tosca' at the Cincinnati Opera

"In the pit, the orchestra turned in a glorious performance under resident conductor Christopher Allen. One of the most unforgettable moments was the prelude to Act III, with its stunning horn calls. Allen knew just how to breathe life into Puccini’s magnificent melodies, and the audience went home humming."
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer, July 24, 2016 - 'Tosca' at the Cincinnati Opera

"Down in the pit, the conductor Christopher Allen achieves something similar, bending, swaying, and pointing as Rossini’s phrases and colourings come and go. The orchestra responds too."
Geoff Brown, The London Times - 'The Barber of Seville' at the English National Opera

"The Company's associate conductor Christopher Allen made an auspicious debut with a difficult assignment."
Mark Swed, LA Times, April 25, 2015 - 'Hercules vs. Vampires' at Los Angeles Opera


The recipient of The 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Christopher Allen has been featured in Opera News magazine as "one of the fastest-rising podium stars in North America." His conducting career was launched by the Bruno Walter Conducting Award and Memorial Career Grant and has been fostered by Plácido Domingo and James Conlon, who brought him to Los Angeles Opera as an Associate Conductor.

In the 2018-19 season, Mo. Allen makes several important debuts, leading Ne Quittez Pas at Opera Philadelphia, Candide at New England Conservatory, and . . .

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