Bass

William Thomas

Winner 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition

Winner 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award

Winner 2018 John Christie Award

Introduction

Currently on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, British bass William Thomas is fast making a name for himself as one of today’s most promising young singers.

Recipient of a number of major awards, he has recently performed Bartok’s Cantata Profana with the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre national de Lyon under Alan Gilbert and has made his Wigmore Hall debut as part of Graham Johnson’s Songmakers’ Almanac. As a Jerwood Young Artist he sang the role of Nicholas in the UK premiere of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Future concert engagements include his solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall, Messiah with the RTE Concert Orchestra and the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Paris with Les Siècles. William makes his Vienna State Opera debut in 2019/20 as Snug A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 


Performance Schedule

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    18:20 25 Jun 2020 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fidelio Op. 72

    Director: John Cox
    Conductor: Gerard Korsten
    Leonore: Johanni Van Oostrum
    Florestan: Toby Spence
    Don Pizarro: David Soar
    Rocco: Joshua Bloom
    Marzelline: Galina Averina
    Jaquino: Trystan Llyr Griffiths
    Don Fernando: William Thomas

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    18:20 27 Jun 2020 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fidelio Op. 72

    Director: John Cox
    Conductor: Gerard Korsten
    Leonore: Johanni Van Oostrum
    Florestan: Toby Spence
    Rocco: Joshua Bloom
    Don Pizarro: David Soar
    Don Fernando: William Thomas
    Marzelline: Galina Averina
    Jaquino: Trystan Llyr Griffiths

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    18:20 30 Jun 2020 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fidelio Op. 72

    Director: John Cox
    Conductor: Gerard Korsten
    Leonore: Johanni Van Oostrum
    Florestan: Toby Spence
    Rocco: Joshua Bloom
    Don Pizarro: David Soar
    Don Fernando: William Thomas
    Marzelline: Galina Averina
    Jaquino: Trystan Llyr Griffiths

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    18:20 03 Jul 2020 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fidelio Op. 72

    Director: John Cox
    Conductor: Gerard Korsten
    Leonore: Johanni Van Oostrum
    Florestan: Toby Spence
    Rocco: Joshua Bloom
    Don Pizarro: David Soar
    Don Fernando: William Thomas
    Marzelline: Galina Averina
    Jaquino: Trystan Llyr Griffiths

Press

 
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    18 Jan 20 DVORAK Requiem
    National Concert Hall, Dublin

    “Full, rich and voluptuous, Thomas’ bass voice had fully opened by the second part, like good port that has been decanted for a while. He sung with extraordinary power in the Hostias and showed both lyricism and sensitivity to the other soloists in the melding of his voice in the “Preces meae” of Recordare.”
    Andrew Larkin, Bachtrack, 18 January 2020

     

Repertoire

Concert

Bach
Johannes Passion

Bartok
Cantata Profana

Beethoven
Symphony No. 9

Handel
Messiah

Handel
Chandos Anthems

Haydn
Creation

Haydn
Nelson Mass

Janacek
Glagolitic Mass

Mozart
Requiem

Verdi
Requiem

 

Opera

Britten
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peter Quince)

Mozart
Die Zauberflote (Sarastro)

Dove
The little green swallow (Calmon)

Barber
Vanessa (Nicholas)