William  Robert Allenby - Baritone
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William Robert Allenby

The British bass-baritone William Robert Allenby has gained a reputation as a versatile singing-actor in a wide variety of repertoire. He is also in demand as a singing teacher, vocal coach and lecturer.

William Allenby

William made his debut with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and has appeared regularly as a guest artist with Welsh National Opera (debuting as Dr Bartolo in Barbiere di Siviglia) and English National Opera, since his debut as Wilhelm Reischmann in Elegy for Young Lovers (Henze). He has also worked as a soloist with Scottish Opera and has developed a close relationship with Opera Holland Park in London, most recently appearing as Simone (Gianni Schicchi) and Monterone (Rigoletto).

William made his Glyndebourne opera debut in 1996 performing small roles in Arabella, La Traviata and Eugene Onegin. He has also sung in World and UK premieres at the Linbury Studio (ROH), and with Opera Ireland, Musiktheater Transparent - Antwerpen, Iford Festival Opera, New Sussex Opera and Mid Wales Opera.


Recent Season Highlights Include

  • Alcindoro (La Boheme) - Royal Opera Covent Garden

  • Sacristan (Tosca) - Welsh National Opera

  • Starek (Jenufa) - Scottish Opera

  • Dulcamara (L'Elisir D'Amore) - English National Opera

  • Gualtiero Raleigh (Roberto Devereux) - Welsh National Opera (also for BBC RADIO 3)


    Dr Wilhelm Reischmann (Elegy for Young Lovers- Henze)
    English National Opera/Young Vic
    Ms Shaw has the singers act so well you could almost think they were performing in a straight play. Mittenhofer's put upon doctor was the excellent William Robert Allenby.
    New York Times (George Loomis)