2017 -2018 Season
American tenor Russell Thomas, lauded for both the power and beauty of his voice, has already distinguished himself in appearances across the United States and abroad, in many of the most beloved, as well as often performed, opera roles and symphonic works.
As a participant in the production marking the conclusion of the tenure of Maestro Alan Gilbert’s association as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Thomas appeared as Loge in the semi-staged performances of Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Geffen Hall in June, and made his debut at the Salzburg Festival, singing the title role in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (Jul. 27 & 30, Aug. 4, 13, 17m, 19m & 21). He then joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at their summer home, Tanglewood, for two concerts conducted by Andris Nelsons: the first as a soloist, singing Cavaradossi in Act 2 of Tosca, with Kristine Opolais and Bryn Terfel on August 26 and the next day as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony #9 (Aug. 27m).
His 2017-18 season commenced with a return to the Atlanta Symphony (the Symphony’s first Artist-in- Residence in 2014-15), with Music Director Robert Spano conducting concert performances of Verdi’s Otello. This marked the long- awaited title role debut for the commanding tenor (Oct. 7 & 10).
Last season he was heard at the Metropolitan Opera, performing Ismaele in Nabucco (broadcast worldwide Live in HD) and returned in the fall for his first Rodolfo in La bohème with the Company (Oct. 19, 23, 27, Nov. 1 & 4). As 2018 begins, Mr. Thomas appears as Florestan in Fidelio with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Hannu Lintu (Jan. 10 & 11) at the
Helsinki Music Centre. Returning to New York, Mr. Thomas joins a group of colleagues at Carnegie Hall for the final annual Marilyn Horne Song Celebration, “The Song Continues”, as a soloist with Warren Jones and Martin Katz at the piano (Jan. 28, 2018). A company debut follows at the Washington National Opera, where he sings the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlo (Mar. 3, 5, 8, 11, 14 & 17). Remaining in DC, he is the tenor soloist in the Verdi Requiem, with Gianandrea Noseda leading the forces of the National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Mar. 22, 23 & 24).
The final engagement of this season includes another Company debut, as Tito for the Dutch National Opera’s La clemenza di Tito (May 7, 9, 11, 13m, 16, 19, 21m & 24).
In the future, Mr. Thomas will return to sites of past acclaim, including the San Francisco, Metropolitan and Los Angeles Operas well as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Canadian Opera Company. He will also debut with the Houston Grand Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
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