Russell Thomas

Tenor

The internationally celebrated American tenor starred earlier this season in Vanished, a three-part indie art film produced by The Dallas Opera. Thomas’s 2019/20 season included his first Don Alvaro/La forza del destino (Deutsche Oper Berlin, new production), Radames/Aida (Houston Grand Opera, new production — Thomas later reprised the role at Canadian Opera Company) and his return to the title role/Otello (Washington National Opera, after successes at the Canadian Opera Company, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Atlanta Symphony). He recently starred in Il trovatore (Bayerische Staatsoper), Idomeneo (Salzburg Festival, new Peter Sellars production), Roberto Devereux (San Francisco Opera), and La clemenza di Tito (LA Opera). Thomas has previously enjoyed great successes as Beethoven’s Florestan (Cincinnati); Bellini’s Pollione (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Valencia); Verdi’s Stiffelio (Frankfurt), Don Carlo (Washington, Berlin), and Gabriele Adorno (London); and Puccini’s Rodolfo (Met). He has been featured with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Thomas is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis young-artist programs.

Roles at Lyric: Canio/Pagliacci (2020/21), Mario Cavaradossi/Tosca (2021/22), Manrico/Il trovatore (2018/19) Pollione/Norma (2016/17)


Last updated: June 3, 2021
Photo: Fay Fox