Bass

William Thomas

Winner 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition

Winner 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award

Winner 2018 John Christie Award

Introduction

A recent graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and recipient of a number of major awards, British bass William Thomas is fast making a name for himself as one of today’s most promising young singers.

As a Jerwood Young Artist he sang the role of Nicholas in the British premiere of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa at the Glyndebourne Festival, he has sung Shepherd Pelléas et Mélisande for Garsington Opera and he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Snug in a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

His 2020/21 season includes Colline La bohème  in his debut with the English National Opera where he is a Harewood Artist, Masetto Don Giovanni in his debut for the Seattle Opera and Zweiter Priester/Zweiter Geharnischter Die Zauberflöte in a return to the Glyndebourne Festival.


Press

 
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    19 Sep 20 PUCCINI La bohème
    English National Opera at Alexandra Palace

    “…philosopher Colline (bass William Thomas, captivating in his final aria)”
    Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, 20 September 2020

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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)