Recipient of the 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Christopher Allen has led performances for the major opera companies of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, and Atlanta, as well as at London’s English National Opera and the Daegu Opera House in South Korea. As The John L. Magro Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera, Allen has joined the company for three consecutive seasons, in addition to leading the Cincinnati Symphony’s annual Washington Park Concert each summer. During the 2019/20 season, Allen returned to Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre (Don Giovanni) and debuted at Arizona Opera (La bohème). He has worked with young artists at LA Opera, New England Conservatory, the A.J. Fletcher Institute at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. An award-winning pianist, Allen has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and most recently on film in Poulenc's La voix humaine, starring Patricia Racette and directed by James Darrah. Recipient of the Bruno Walter Conducting Award and Memorial Career Grant, Allen launched his career as Associate Conductor at LA Opera.
Previously at Lyric: “Rising Stars in Concert” (2018|19, 2020|21).