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William Robert Allenby

Vocal Tutor


The British baritone William Robert Allenby won an Associated board entrance scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1986.

He has since forged parallel careers in opera, concert, cabaret and music theatre.

William has appeared in principal roles in the UK with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park in London, to wide critical acclaim. Further afield he has performed as a soloist with Musictheater Transparent Antwerpen (on tour in Holland and Belgium), Saigon Opera House and Opera Ireland.

Noted for his comedic flair and acting abilities, his roles with leading companies include:

  • Dulcamara (Elixir of Love),
  • Sacristan (Tosca),
  • Wilhelm Reischmann (Elegy for Young Lovers),
  • Pish Tush (The Mikado),
  • Stagehand (The Makropolous Case) for English National Opera, 
  • Bartolo (Barber of Seville),
  • Somarone (Beatrice and Benedict),
  • Sacristan (Tosca),
  • Raleigh (Roberto Devereux) for Welsh National Opera,
  • Alcindoro (La Boheme),
  • Judge Parke (The Blackened Man) for the Royal Opera Covent Garden,
  • Mill Foreman (Jenufa) for Scottish Opera,
  • Monterone (Rigoletto),
  • Simone (Gianni Schichhi),
  • Assan (The Consul),
  • Crebillon (La Rondine),
  • Alcade (Forza del Destino) for Opera Holland Park in London

William devised his own one-man shows, 'An Enchanted Evening of Song' and 'The Music of the Night' in 2002, and he has since appeared in his own show in theatres, cabaret venues as well as for hotel chains such as Warners and Shearings around the UK.

To date he has performed his solo shows more than 400 times as a headline cabaret act for leading cruise lines including; Radisson, Crystal, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Princess, Oceania, Holland America, Saga and Fred Oslen.

In the early 1990's he was also the regular Sunday host at the Comedy Cafe in London, pitting his wits against leading comedians of the day from the Comedy Store.

William has also been partnered with Mel Mellers on many cruises and in their own comedic show 'An Evening of Sorcery and Song', which was first staged at the Barrington Theatre, Ferndown.

William has also played one of the Priests in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' with Westend International, on international tours to Iceland and Gran Canaria as well as appearing many times as a soloist on 'Friday Night is Music Night' on BBC Radio 2, in repertoire ranging from, Les Miserables, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Mack and Mabel, Carousel, The Merry Widow to popular opera.

On the concert platform, as a member of  leading Italian Early Music Ensemble 'Mala Punica', William has performed internationally at leading Early Music Festivals in Holland, Antwerp, France and Italy. Closer to home he has sung as a soloist with leading choral societies including: the Halifax Choral Society and the Sheffield Philarmonia  Chorus.

William now divides his time between performing and teaching. An able pianist, he has a thriving teaching and vocal coaching  practice in London, regularly working with  Westend singers and established opera soloists from the UK and further afield. William is a vocal tutor at the London College of Music (University of  West London), an external moderator at Royal Holloway, University of London as well being an associate lecturer and voice tutor at the University of Chichester.

He also regularly gives masterclasses and runs workshops. Recent visits include; University of York, Polish National Opera Young Artists Program, and workshops in musical theatre and opera in London.

William is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Incorporated Society of  Musicians, and was made a fellow of the London College of Music in 2016.