Dubbed a “standout” performer by Seen and Heard International, “bringing musicality plus an attractive and flexible leggiero sound to his assignment,” Philippine-born American tenor Allan Palacios Chan has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with style and a deep connection to his audience.
A few past performances include: William Shakespeare in the world premiere of Phillip Hagemann's The Dark Lady of the Sonnets; Nanki-poo, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, Washington Savoyards; Damon, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Cincinnati Chamber Opera; Mortgage Broker, The Bubble, NanoWorks Opera; Acis, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, New Dominion Chorale; Lurcanio, Handel’s Ariodante, Cincinnati Chamber Opera. Allan also maintains an active concert schedule. Just a week before official lockdowns in March 2020, he made his concert debut with Opera Ebony of NYC as part of his award for winning the Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition. He recently debuted with the Handel Choir of Baltimore as their tenor soloist in Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil and was their tenor soloist for HCB’s first ever virtual Messiah this past December. He recently made his concert debut with the Arts Club of Washington in partnership with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA). Before lockdown cancellations, he would have made his professional debut with the IN Series of Washington D.C. May of 2020, in the role of The Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. He sang the role of Rudolfo for their 2021-22 Season Re-Opening concert in a Spanish translation of Puccini’s La Boheme (Act III), and he looks forward to his operatic debut fall of 2022 as the lead tenor in their triple-bill Monteverdi season opening.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music with a Minor in Theater from George Mason University School of Music and a Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Allan has been a Corbett Foundation Young Artist with Cincinnati Opera for four consecutive seasons and was a voice fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California for two consecutive seasons where he sang in the West Coast premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Second Nature. He is scheduled to return to Berlin, Germany summer of 2022 for his second time as a voice fellow for the Berlin Opera Academy where he will be singing his role debut of Tamino in W.A. Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte.
Allan’s musical interests span beyond opera, performing Kundiman (classical Filipino art song) and various anthems for official events of the Philippine Embassy of Washington D.C., at venues such as The Ronald Reagan Building, the State Department, and The Kennedy Center. Last April, he had the honor of performing as a guest of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the event titled Day of Valor—Araw ng Kagitingan, in honor of the fallen Filipino and American heroes of the Bataan Death March. He is so known for his singing of anthems, he was even invited to sing the Philippine National Anthem for Manny Pacquiao’s fight in Las Vegas with Timothy Bradley, Jr.
Allan kept busy with virtual collaborations during lockdown, and recently worked with artists from the Mark Morris Dance Group of NYC, bringing new life to Nicanor Abelardo’s song ‘Mutya ng Pasig,’ in an online performance entitled The Kundiman Project. He video-directed and arranged the music to his most recent virtual project, ‘Pilar’s Hallelujah’—based on Cohen’s Hallelujah—which features over 100 artists from all over the world including dancers from Ballet Manila, The Mark Morris Dance Group, a former finalist from The Voice, USA, and the award winning ensemble from the University of the Philippines, The Philippine Madrigal Singers; this labor of love was created to commemorate the life and heroism of a fallen front liner.
When Mr. Chan is not busy performing, he enjoys cooking, eating, spending time with his dogs, and composing/arranging new music. He teaches private voice lessons and also performs as a professional church musician, where he developed his love of singing since his time in the children's chorus.