Baritone Sir Thomas Allen Takes on Scottish Opera, At Least for Now
Sir Thomas Allen has been named "music adviser" to Scottish Opera. The company has been music directorless since the abrupt resignation of its then-new music director Emmauel Joel-Hornak.
Allen is one of the most respected figures in British--and world--opera. So, his appointment brings real artistic credentials back to a company that has sometimes been accused of being more interested in musicals and light music than "proper opera" of late. In fact, Allen has, himself, recorded and starred in various musicals and operettas, so on the surface he should be an ideal match, especially as he has also taken up the stage director's mantle various times for Scottish Opera and others.