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William Robert Allenby

Vocal Tutor

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 an established vocal coach and singing teacher.

In recent seasons he has appeared as a soloist with;

  • The Royal Opera Covent Garden
  • English National Opera
  • Scottish Opera
  • Welsh National Opera
  • Opera Holland Park in London

In addition to his performing career, William is currently at Professor at the Young Artists Programme and Opera Academy of Polish National Opera in Warsaw, a Vocal Professor at the London College of Music, and a vocal tutor at the University of Chichester. 

On stage, he is noted for his flair for comedy, strong stage presence, and sonorous and powerful singing.

William is a scholar of the Royal Academy of Music (studying with Derek Hammond-Stroud), the RSAMD, and he  also studied in New York with Theodor Uppman.

Upon graduation he gained early experience working with the D'Oyly Carte, Scottish Opera and Opera North before joining Glyndenbourne Chorus in 1993, culminating in performing small roles for them in Arabella, Eugene Onegin and La Traviata in 1996.

Following Glyndebourne, he sang roles  with Opera Ireland, Musiktheater Transparent (Antwerp) and at the Linbury Studio Theatre  (Covent Garden) in World and UK premieres. He  began his long association with both English National Opera and Opera Holland Park in 1999.

He has broadcast regularly as a soloist  on the BBC since 1989 (BBC Radio Savoy Series) and has made many appearances on Radio 2 as a soloist on 'Friday Night is Music Night'. Recent broadcasts include Roberto Devereux  (Gualtiero Raleigh) with Welsh National Opera for BBC Radio 3.

William made his critically acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera Covent Garden in 2013, and he has appeared regularly with both the Welsh National Opera (debuting as Dr Bartolo in Barbiere di Siviglia) and the English National Opera since his debut as Wilhelm Reischmann in Elegy for Young Lovers (Henze).

Recent highlights include;

  • Starek (Jenufa) - Scottish Opera
  • Alcindoro (La Boheme) - Royal Opera Covent Garden
  • Sacristan (Tosca) - Welsh National Opera
  • Dulcamara (L'Elisir D'Amore) - English National Opera
  • Simone (Gianni Schicchi) - Opera Holland Park

William is equally in demand as a vocal coach and singing teacher for many established international opera soloists and advanced students.

He also regularly gives masterclasses and runs vocal workshops. Recent Masterclasses include; 'Opera and Song for Singers and Pianists' at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and workshops for the Opera Academy and Young Artists Programme of Polish National Opera (Warsaw).

William is currently preparing clients for major roles with companies including;  La Monnaie,  Dutch National Opera, Opera de Lyon, Dresden Oper, Teatro Real Madrid,  Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, and Opera Holland Park (London).

William Robert Allenby's  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.