Michael Henderson

Man about the House

Michael Henderson talks to Sir Thomas Allen, who is celebrating 40 years at Covent Garden

They are lighting the candles at Covent Garden to honour one of the great singers of our age. Thomas Allen (as he was then) first appeared on the stage of the Royal Opera House in 1972, as Donald in Billy Budd, when Benjamin Britten was alive and his opera not nearly so highly thought of as it is today.

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