Russell Thomas

— Tenor

As Gabriele Adorno in "Simon Boccanegra" with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: “In an opera dominated by two baritones and a bass, the tenor portraying Adorno has his work cut out. Russell Thomas, making his Royal Opera debut, easily rose to the challenge. I first heard him last year in a concert performance of Donizetti’s ‘Belisario’ and was hugely impressed, and now even more so by his Adorno. Singing with effortlessly heroic tone and graced with ringing top notes, he transformed what can seem an underwritten role into one of thrilling vitality and passion, and any doubts that he’d have problems transferring his bel canto skills to virile, Verdian heft were quickly dispelled. He’s quite something.”
Peter Reed, Classical Source, June 27, 2013

As Lazarus in the world premiere of John Adams' "Gospel According to the Other Mary" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic: “The first act closes with a tenor aria set to Primo Levi’s poem ‘Passover’. The serene melody of its opening line — ‘Tell me: How is this night different from all other nights?’ — gradually becomes heated before easing back into tranquility. Mr. Thomas sang the closing couplet — ‘This year in fear and shame,/Next year in virtue and in justice’ — with ringing power. As he finished at the final rehearsal earlier on Thursday, my eyes filled with tears.”
Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, June 1, 2012

As Hoffmann in "Les Contes d’Hoffmann" with the Canadian Opera Company: “Another impressive debutant was Russell Thomas as the drunken protagonist of the title. This American’s pure, ringing tone and crystalline diction were a joy to hear. And they remained so to the bitter end, a point worth making, this being one of the longer hauls in the tenor repertoire.”
Arthur Kaptainis, National Post, April 11, 2012


With a “heroically shining tone of exceptional clarity and precision” (Opera Magazine) and “gorgeously burnished power” (The New York Times), American tenor Russell Thomas uses his signature elegance and intensity to create vivid character portrayals on the world’s most important stages.

The 2018/19 season features Mr. Thomas’s hotly anticipated stage debut as Verdi’s iconic Otello, to be seen at the Canadian Opera Company after concert performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He sings Manrico in Il trovatore at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Lyric Opera of Chicago, makes his role . . .

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