Toby Stafford-Allen studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, with whom he made his international debut singing Guglielmo (Così fan Tutte) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
He then joined English National Opera, where his major roles included Guglielmo, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Schaunard (La Bohème), and Pish-Tush (The Mikado).
In the UK, he has sung Papageno for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Belcore (L’Elisir d’amore), Guglielmo with Opera Holland Park, and First Officer (The Death of Klinghoffer) with Scottish Opera. Internationally performances include Henry (The Fairy Queen) in Barcelona; Mars and Euro in Cesti’s Il Pomo d’oro at the Batignano Festival and Schaunard at the Bregenz Festspiele.
His extensive concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Bach’s B Minor Mass. In 2006-7 he received excellent reviews for the role of Giuseppi Palmieri in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers for ENO and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park. In the 2009 BBC Proms season, he performed the role of Archibald Grosvenor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience under Sir Charles Mackerras. In September 2007, Toby Stafford-Allen made his début at the Hamburg Staatsoper as Donald (Billy Budd) and the following year sang Chao-Sun in a new production of Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera for Scottish Opera. In 2011 he took on the role of Professor Higgins in LCC’s semi-staged version of My Fair Lady; the following year he sang in the premiere of The Chalk Legend by Stephen McNeff and in 2014 took part in The Seasons in both London and Assisi.
His recordings include Morales in Carmen under David Parry and Journalist in Lulu under Paul Daniel (both for Chandos); Schaunard under Wolf Schirmer for ORF, and Trouble in Tahiti under Paul Daniel for a BBC DVD.