Will Allenby- Baritone
The British baritone Will Allenby is one of the UK’s leading performers. He is a regular principal baritone with English National Opera and Welsh National Opera and has broadcast frequently for the BBC as a star singer on their longest running light music programme, ‘Friday Night is Music Night’.
Will is heralded in the international press both for the quality of his singing and his acting and stage skills in both comedic and dramatic roles. Opera Today commend ‘his brooding, powerful bass-baritone’, whilst the New York Times say that ‘the singers act so well you could almost think they were performing in a straight play. Mittenhoffer’s put upon doctor was the excellent William Robert Allenby.’ However it is his comedic skills which draw particular acclaim. As Dr Bartolo in The Barber of Seville for Welsh National Opera in 2011 the Birmingham Post reported that ‘William Robert Allenby’s fusspot Bartolo proves to be one of the comic highlights of the performance, spilling over with slapstick and silliness’, whilst the The Public Reviews describe his performances as Pish-Tush in Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of The Mikado at English National Opera in 2011 as ‘an inspired piece of characterisation sung with delicacy and refinement’.
Will has also achieved considerable success with his one-man show, ‘An Enchanted Evening of Song’ performing in Theatres in the UK and for the luxury cruise market. Since 2003 Will has been a firm favourite with audiences as a Head-line act for Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Crystal, Saga, Fred Olsen, Royal Carribean, NCL and Radisson.
His natural charm and charisma combined with the quality of his baritone voice and gift for communication makes his show an unforgettable and very entertaining experience. His show comprises of light opera classics and hit songs from West End and Broadway musicals which he has recorded and broadcast for the BBC, including selections from South Pacific, Oklahoma, Les Miserables and the Man from La Mancha. One highlight is when he pays tribute to Mario Lanza and Pavarotti. Another highlight of the show is his solo piano spot where he accompanies himself in a mix of nostalgic and highly comedic songs.