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.
This season includes several important role debuts for Mr. Thomas, including Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana with the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, the title role of a new production of Stiffelio with Oper Frankfurt, Don José in Carmen with the Canadian Opera Company, and Florestan in Fidelio with the Cincinnati Opera. He also makes his Los Angeles Opera debut as Pollione in Norma, appears in his celebrated portrayal of Lazarus in Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary in Strasbourg, and is heard in concert with the New York Philharmonic and in recital at Wigmore Hall. Future engagements include a debut with Washington National Opera and returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, New York Philharmonic and debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Salzburg Festival and the Netherlands Opera.
Mr. Thomas’ last season included performances of Pollione in Norma with the San Francisco Opera and in Valencia, Spain, and several role debuts: Ismaele in Nabucco with the Seattle Opera, the title role in Faust with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Manrico in Il trovatore with the Cincinnati Opera. He also took part in the English National Opera’s Peter Sellars production of The Gospel According to the Other Mary, and was heard in Christmas concerts and recitals as part of his residency with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.