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Russell Thomas

Tenor, 2014/15 Artist in Residence

Russell Thomas


Tenor Russell Thomas, 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.

Mr. Thomas’ current season starts with performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he will return for Christmas concerts, solo recitals and master classes as part of his residency. Mr. Thomas will take part in the English National Opera’s Peter Sellars production of The Gospel According To The Other Mary, followed by several new roles: Pollione in Norma with the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, the title-role in Faust with Michigan Opera Theatre and Manrico in Il Trovatore. Future engagements include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Oper Frankfurt, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Canadian Opera Company and a debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Mr. Thomas’ last season began with concert performances of Adams’ “The Gospel According To The Other Mary” at the Ravinia Festival and of Verdi’s I Masnadieri with Washington Concert Opera, followed by the tenor’s Deutsche Oper Berlin debut in the title-role of Verdi’s Don Carlo, Andres in Wozzeck with the Metropolitan Opera, the title-role in THE Tales Of Hoffmann with the Seattle Opera and the Prince in Rusalka with Opera North Carolina. In concert, Mr. Thomas sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert as well as with the Mostly Mozart Festival and Gianadrea Noseda, Messiah with the National Symphony, Das Lied Von Der Erde and Verdi’s Messa Da Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony.