Hailed by Opera News as a “clarion high tenor,” and 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.
Allan holds a BA degree in Music with a Minor in Theater from George Mason University School of Music, and a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He 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 recently sang the role of Sing Lee in the world premiere of Tacoma Method, his debut with Tacoma Opera. Mr. Chan maintains an active concert schedule, having sung in such hallowed halls as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Mr. Chan recently sang the tenor solos for the world premiere of Paul Leavitt’s Stabat Mater and was a guest soloist with the award winning Philippine Madrigal Singers for their first U.S. tour since the pandemic. Allan recently sang a series of concerts for Washington Concert Opera this past month singing a varied program of beloved tenor arias and duets in the D.C. area.
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 and the State Department. 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. Mr. Chan is currently working on a crossover album featuring a unique take on classic hit songs from the recent past such as Billy Joel’s 'And so it goes' and 'Zombie' by the Cranberries, in collaboration with composer/producer/arranger and multi-platinum songwriter Leonardo de Bernardini ("Leo Z") who has worked with artists such as Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and David Archuleta.
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 a performance entitled The Kundiman Project. He directed and co-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, a cameo of Carlotta from Broadway's Phantom of the Opera 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.