Tenor Glenn Seven Allen is garnering critical acclaim on opera and concert stages throughout the United States as a consummate singing actor, lauded for his dynamic interpretations of operatic heroes from Roméo to Rodolfo. Mr. Allen was hailed by Opera News as an “Edwardian matinee idol, giving by far the most detailed dramatic performance.” This seasons engagements include the role of Tony Candolino in a workshop of the new Heggie/McNally opera Great Scott at the National Opera Center, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Featherstone Arts Center on Martha’s Vineyard, tenor soloist in a concert honoring the music of Victor Herbert for the Victor Herbert Foundation, and the leading role of Charles in the American Symphony's world premiere and cast recording of the English language version of The Long Christmas Dinner at Alice Tully Hall.
Gaining momentum for his work in contemporary opera, Mr. Allen regularly appears in roles such as Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Opera Moderne at Symphony Space. The New York Times praised Mr. Allen as “a mesmerizing Quint, singing with agility and a sweetness that grew appropriately cloying or menacing.” Additionally, he appeared as Rodolpho in William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge with Vertical Player Repertory supervised by the composer; the title role in Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen under the baton of the composer at the American Opera Center; Ferrando in the world premiere of Jonathan Dawes’ Cosi Farran Tutti conducted by Ryan McAdams; Avery Dick in Gordon Beeferman’s The Enchanted Organ directed by Beth Greenberg; Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and I Have No Stories to Tell You for Gotham Chamber Opera; and has been featured in American Lyric Theater’s Opera in Eden series. Also in demand for his creative portrayals of the leading men of operetta repertoire, Mr. Allen was featured as Camille in The Merry Widow with the Imperial Symphony, Alexius in The Chocolate Soldier with Bard Summerscape, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Ralf Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore with Opera Saratoga.
Recent operatic engagements include Carnegie Hall début as George Dibdin in Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr, a début Tonio in La fille du Regiment with Connecticut Concert Opera; Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Intermountain Opera, Il Duca in Rigoletto with Queens Symphony; Alfredo in La Traviata with Long Island Opera; Rodolfo in La bohéme, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at New York Lyric Opera.
Also known for his work on Broadway and in leading theatres throughout the country, Mr. Allen originated the role of Giuseppe in the Tony-winning Broadway run and on the Original Cast Recording of Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza. Other theatrical credits include Girl Crazywith City Center Encores; Casino Paradise with Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series; Lancelot in Camelot at the Arvada Center; Rutledge in 1776 at Goodpseed Opera House; Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar at North Carolina Theatre; Carousel with the NY Philharmonic for PBS Great Performances and Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where he received The Helen Hayes nomination for Best Actor.
Mr. Allen holds a Master’s Degree in Acting from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater from the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance. He is currently a member of the acting faculty at the Yale School of Drama and is a sought after clinician for his “Acting in Song” master classes. Mr. Allen has studied and coached with leading instructors including: George Shirley, Neal Goren, Francis Keeping, Fred Carama, John Mario DiCostanzo, Tyson Deaton, and Howard Watkins.