La’Shelle Allen is a classical vocalist, composer/arranger, producer, actress, and recording and voice-over artist. She is currently performing the role of Zita in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” with Opera Theatre St. Louis and will return this fall to The Metropolitan Opera to perform in the 2021 production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”
Allen, a contralto, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where she began her journey in music at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Upon graduating, Allen relocated to New York City to pursue her studies and joined the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble as a mezzo-soloist. This was the starting point of her 25-year career as a performer, both nationally and internationally.
Some highlights from Allen’s work include appearances at St. Peter’s Basilica, Grand Théâtre de Genève and North Sea Jazz Festival de Vienne. Her operatic experience has afforded her the opportunity to perform with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Danish Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, University of Kentucky Opera Theater, Bluegrass Opera, Teatro Colon, Bogota, Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari and Israeli Opera, Tel-Aviv.
Allen is also the creator of “Spirituals In Motion,” a unique concert experience and educational outreach program honoring and building on the musical traditions of the African-American spiritual.