Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. In 2006, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, he celebrated the 35th anniversary of his début with the company where he has sung over 40 rôles. In the same year, he also celebrated the 25th anniversary of his début at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. A regular guest at the world’s great opera houses, he is particularly acclaimed for his Billy Budd, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, Ulisse and Beckmesser, as well as the great Mozart rôles of Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, Papageno, Guglielmo and, of course, Don Giovanni. Equally renowned on the concert platform, he has appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors. The greatest part of his repertoire has been extensively recorded with such distinguished names as Solti, Levine, Marriner, Haitink, Rattle, Sawallisch and Muti. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor.