2017-12-09 / News

Broadway Actor Glenn Seven Allen Transitions to Opera


Glenn Seven Allen Glenn Seven Allen Glenn Seven Allen is appearing at the New York City Opera to sing the role of Jack Twist in Charles Wuorinen’s “Brokeback Mountain.” The production, its American debut following successful European premiers, will be staged at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater May 31 to June 4.

Mr. Allen is a Michigan native whose family owns an East Bluff cottage and he has entertained Islanders with his musical and dramatic interpretations of Broadway shows, an opera performance with the Soo Opera, and periodic guest performances at Ste. Anne’s and Little Stone churches.

The operatic production is inspired by the 2005 film of the same name and explores con- flict between love and identity.

This is Mr. Allen’s third stint with the opera company in two years and marks a much-anticipated premiere of a critically-acclaimed work not yet been performed in the United States.

New York City Opera, he said, “is the first major company to really believe in me, and they’ve quickly become my operatic family. It’s impossible to be successful, no matter how much work you’ve put in or how talented you are, if no one gives you an opportunity to shine.”

Mr. Allen was graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre and received his master’s in acting from the University of Washington. He has appeared on Broadway, Off- Broadway, and in major regional theaters throughout the U.S.

He serves on the acting faculty at the Yale School of Drama, and his book, “The Singer Acts, The Actor Sings,” is scheduled for release in January from Bloomsbury/Methuren Press.

“Transitioning into opera has been like swimming upstream against the flow of singers who all want to be actors,” Mr. Allen says. “I was on my own. But it’s where my voice led me, and there is nothing more thrilling than singing with an orchestra without a microphone for thousands of people at the same time.”

He was recently seen at New York City Opera in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” and Respighi’s “La campana sommersa.” His current season includes a world premiere performance of J. Todd Frazier’s “We Hold These Truths” with the Charlottesville Symphony, commissioned by the University of Virginia as part of their bicentennial launch celebration.

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