American tenor Russell Thomas is already one of the most sought-after singers of his generation. Following his role debut as Otello at concert performances of Verdi’s opera with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he appeared in 2018/19 in fully staged performances of the work at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. Plans for the coming season include appearances as Otello at the Washington National Opera and two further role debuts in Verdi operas: Ernani for the San Francisco Opera and Radamès (Aida) for the Houston Grand Opera and the Canadian Opera Company.
Russell Thomas’s most recent house debuts have taken him to the San Francisco Opera for Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, to the Frankfurt Opera for Verdi’s Stiffelio, to the Bavarian State Opera for Manrico (Il trovatore) under Asher Fisch, to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) under Antonio Pappano and to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Pollione (Norma). An alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program, he has recently returned to the company for Rodolfo (La bohème) and Ismaele (Nabucco). The second of these productions was broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series of relays.
Russell Thomas has already worked frequently with Peter Sellars, notably in 2014 for his English National Opera debut as Lazarus in John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary and for his Salzburg Festival debut in Sellars’s 2017 production of La clemenza di Tito under Teodor Currentzis. He had already appeared as Lazarus in the world premiere of the work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, a live recording of which was released by Deutsche Grammophon. He went on to sing Tito in a revival of the Salzburg production for the Dutch National Opera and in a new production under James Conlon at the Los Angeles Opera.
Russell Thomas is also in great demand as a concert artist. He has appeared in performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for his BBC Proms debut, in both cases under Donald Runnicles. In 2019/20 he will be heard in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for his Vienna Konzerthaus debut under Gianandrea Noseda and with the Vienna Philharmonic under Andris Nelsons at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and at the Gasteig in Munich.