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


Tenor Russell Thomas, recently the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 Artist in Residence, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera and concert scene.

In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Thomas returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Ismaele in NABUCCO, to the Canadian Opera Company and Lyric Opera of Chicago for performances of Pollione in NORMA, and to the Los Angeles Opera for Cavaradossi in TOSCA. After that, he makes his debut with the Salzburg Festival singing the . . .

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