Recognized by opera companies and critics alike as one of the true Verdi baritones gracing stages today, Todd Thomas continues his reign as one of America’s most sought after artists. At The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2013-14 season opening performance of Verdi’s Otello, Mr. Thomas heroically stepped in for an indisposed colleague at the top of the second act. The thrilling and historic performance at The Lyric “earned him deservedly the largest ovation at the end of the night from the glittery opening night audience.”
-The Chicago Classical
2016-2017 Season Highlights
The 2016-2017 seasons promises to be one of the most exciting and fullest season for Todd Thomas to date. As a highly sought after Verdi Baritone, he is thrilled to announce that he will be adding the title role of Verdi’s masterpiece, SImone Boccanegra to his repertoire. He will be making his return for a third consecutive season at the Pacific Opera Victoria to sing as the Doge of Genoa in mid October of 2016. Immediately preceding that, he will reprise his portrayal of Alberich in Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner. The 2016 calendar continues in Western Canada, as he returns to his beloved, Opera Manitoba, where he will sing his third Verdi role with that company, the inimitable Sir John Falstaff in Falstaff.
December 2016 ends with a triple debut for role, composer, and company performing as Gerard in Giordano’s glorious tale of the French Revolution in Andrea Chenier. The production, though originating and conceived by the Theater Erfurt, will be performed in Antibes, France in a limited run. Mr. Thomas will return to Theater Erfurt in the summer of 2017 to bow as Count di Luna in Verdi’s crowning achievement of his middle period, Il Trovatore.
2017 begins with yet another Verdi masterwork for the wonderful audiences of Pensacola Opera. Thomas’ Amonasro has been heard around the World, including Macedonia in more than 10 various productions of Aida.
In February he will later return to his native upstate New York roots performing with the Syracuse Opera to play one of his signature roles as the immortal and deformed court jester, Rigoletto.
Marking his 6th Verdi role of the 2016-17 season, the spring concludes with an extended performance run with The Florida Grand Opera in Miami and Fort Lauderdale as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera.
It is clear to see the baritone continues to thrill and move audiences throughout his international operatic career.
“He’s a full voiced, stylish Verdi baritone, offering tonal scope, ease in the upper register (sailing up to an interpolated high A-flat to cap his rousing cabaletta) and broad phrasing. His was the most completely realized vocalization of the night, and he acted the part with apt dignity and fatherly feeling. Why isn’t Todd Thomas deployed more often in major opera centers?” – Opera News
Mr. Thomas’ past performances stretch across America, performing with eminent companies like The Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Thomas remains a favorite artist for the Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Arizona Opera.
In the Concert Hall
Mr. Thomas has presented concerts and recitals alike in Canada, Germany as well as many American venues. In concert, Mr. Thomas performed with Teatro Grattacielo at Avery Fisher Hall as well as Carnegie Hall. His Orchestral appearances include the Orlando Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, and many others. With the Topeka symphony, he has enjoyed great success in the world premières as the baritone soloist in Bob Aldridge’s Parables. Mr. Thomas continues to make numerous appearances at pops concerts with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and on various concert series at Elmira College, Ithaca College, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Wednesday Music Club Series of Harrisburg PA, and the Glenridge Series of Sarasota.
Mr. Thomas’ oratorio repertoire includes Elijah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, and Raph Vaughn William’s Five Mystical Songs.
Mr. Thomas was a member of the MusikTheater Ensemble for Stadttheater Giessen. During his years in Europe, he was a guest artist in Basel, Switzerland, and Heidelberg, Germany, and made his début with Macedonia Opera as Amonasro in Aïda. Mr. Thomas also appeared in Hong Kong, Fiesole, Pisa, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Sarlat, Luzerne, and Utrecht, under the auspices of Stichting Pagliacci of Utrecht University.
Off the Stage
Todd, originally from Elmira, New York makes his home in Philadelphia, PA with his wife of 26 years, Lisa Helmel Thomas. They have four children, Lydia, Gabriela, Samuel and Noah. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music degree in Opera Theatre for the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Thomas is a frequent soloist for several high profile sacred institutions and internationally noted theologians and ministers, he encourages young singers to find a connection with their endowed musical gifts, and opportunities to connect spiritually within their personal faith disciplines. In addition to his active singing career, in 2013 he formed the Todd Thomas Music Scholarship. The scholarship awards cash prizes to deserving graduating high school seniors from Chemung County embarking on their college careers in the full time study of music based curriculum.