May 11, 2017
Maestro Christopher Allen has been named recipient of The 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by The Solti Foundation U.S. Now $30,000, it is the the largest grant awarded to young American conductors in the United States, and is conferred by the foundation’s board of directors, comprising experts from all areas of the classical music industry.
The John L. Magro Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera, Maestro Allen has made recent debuts at Washington National Opera leading Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, Florida Grand Opera conducting Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls, and English National Opera leading Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. He is currently preparing the new revised version of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and will return to Cincinnati this summer to lead the Cincinnati Symphony’s Washington Park concert and Barrie Kosky’s Die Zauberflöte at Cincinnati Opera.
He recently made his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut conducting a program of Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven, and guested at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he led Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas. Next season, Allen returns to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to conduct a new production of La traviata directed by acclaimed soprano Patricia Racette. He will also conduct the North Carolina premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain at North Carolina Opera and make his The Atlanta Opera debut conducting La fille du régiment.