William Robert Allenby
GRSM (Hons), Professional Certificate (Hons) Performance (RAM ), LRAM (singing teaching)
The British Bass-Baritone William Robert Allenby has earned a reputation as both a versatile singing-actor in a wide variety of repertoire and as a gifted vocal coach and singing teacher. On stage, he is noted for his flair for comedy, his strong stage presence and acting, and his sonorous and powerful singing.
William made his critically acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera Covent Garden in La Bohème, and he has appeared regularly with both Welsh National Opera (debuting as Bartolo Barbiere di Siviglia) and English National Opera since his debut as Wilhelm Reischmann in Elegy for Young Lovers (Henze). Recent Season Highlights include: Alcindoro La Bohème (Royal Opera Covent Garden), Sacristan Tosca (Welsh National Opera) and Dulcamara L'Elisir d'Amore (English National Opera). This year William will make his role debut as Starek in a new production of Jenufa with Scottish Opera.
William Robert Allenby is equally in demand as a vocal coach and singing teacher for many established international opera soloists and advanced students. He is currently preparing his clients for major roles with companies including La Monnaie, Dutch National Opera, Opera de Lyon, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park (London) and Mid Wales Opera. His advanced students have gained places on some of the UK's leading training platforms including ENO WORKS (English National Opera), Christine Collins Young Artist Programme (Opera Holland Park) and the Young Artists Programme of Mid Wales Opera. In addition, William tutors and lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is on the voice faculty at the University of Chichester in England.
William studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the RSAMD where he was the recipient of various prestigious scholarships and awards. More recently he studied with the late Theodor Uppman in New York.
He gained early experience singing with Scottish Opera, Opera North and the D’Oyly Carte Opera before performing roles in La Traviata, Arabella and Eugene Onegin for Glyndebourne Opera. He has appeared regularly on Channel 4 TV and at the BBC Proms. He has sung in Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Australia, Asia and in the UK. He has also sung Sacristan Tosca, Stagehand The Makropoulos Case and Pish-Tush The Mikado for English National Opera; Somarone Béatrice et Bénédict and Raleigh in a new production of Roberto Devereux for Welsh National Opera (also for BBC Radio 3); Monterone Rigoletto, Simone Gianni Schicchi, L'Alcade and Surgeon La Forza del destino, Zandonai Francesca da Rimini, Assan in Simon Callow’s The Consul and Rambaldo La Rondine, all for Opera Holland Park in London. Other appearances include Bartolo Barbiere di Siviglia, Antonio and Bartolo Le Nozze di Figaro and Barone Douphol La Traviata for Iford Festival Opera; Germont Pére La Traviata for Buxton Opera House; The Constable Hugh the Drover for New Sussex Opera; Araspe Tolomeo for Musiktheater Transparent Antwerp, Morales Carmen for Opera Ireland; Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana for Saigon Opera House and Vietnamese National TV; and Marullo Rigoletto at the Bermuda Festival.
In contemporary music he has sung Teacher Der Jasager, Judge Parke in the World Premiere of Will Todd’s The Blackened Man, Duke of Cornwall in Toshio Hosakawa's Vision of Lear, both at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the title role in Alexander Goehr's The Blind Man in Cambridge.
Concert engagements have included Fauré's Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Handel’s Messiah at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh and with the Halifax Choral Society, Carmina Burana and Belshazzar's Feast at the Ulster Hall, Belfast. He has also appeared at some of the world’s leading Early Music Festivals (including festivals in Holland, Italy, France and Antwerp) with the renowned Italian music ensemble Mala Punica, under the direction of Pedro Memelsdorff. Other concert appearances have included engagements with BBC Concert Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria. William is also a regular soloist and recording artist for BBC Radio and has been a regular star singer on the BBC’s longest running light-music programme on BBC Radio 2, Friday Night is Music Night.