American baritone Todd Thomas is recognized with operatic companies and critics as a true Verdi baritone.
Recently, as Macbeth, Opera News depicted his performance as “warm and centered in his tone with subtle phrasing that emphasized the introspective, almost poetic quality of the tormented king.” Of a recent Falstaff performance, Opera News said, “Thomas’s forthright vocalism (featuring wonderful top notes)….give him a leg up in this part, but he also captured the generous, earthy spirit of Shakespeare’s creation, giving the evening its comic and emotional fulcrum…it’s hard to imagine there are many better Falstaff’s working on North American stages today.”
In the current 2012-2013 season and beyond, engagements include, Scarpia in Tosca at Opera Carolina in Charlotte, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Birmingham, the title role in Rigoletto, for Opera Manitoba, and a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago to perform Monterone and cover the title role in Rigoletto. In the summer or 2013 he will add the role of Balastrode in Britten’s Peter Grimes to his repertoire for the Des Moines Metro Opera.
Over the past few seasons, Mr. Thomas’ noted engagements include his Metropolitan Opera debut as Dr. Metivier in War and Peace and Capulet cover in Romeo et Juliette; Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera and Macbeth covers at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Iago in Otello and Alfio/Tonio in Cav/Pag at Arizona Opera; Count di Luna in Il Trovatore and Falstaff with the Seattle Opera; title role of Rigoletto at Palm Beach Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre; Scarpia in Tosca at New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre and Florentine Opera of Milwaukee; Count di Luna in Il Trovatore at the Manitoba Opera and Indianapolis Opera; Amonasro in Aida and with the Opera Carolina; Also for Opera Carolina and Opera Omaha the baritone sang Sharpless in the critically acclaimed Jun Kaneko production of Madama Butterfly. His Tonio in I Pagliacci was heard in productions with Opera Omaha, Augusta Opera and Nashville Opera.
Mr. Thomas remains a favorite artist for several American opera companies. For Chautauqua Opera he has been heard as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Miller in Luisa Miller, Count di Luna, Scarpia, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream to name but a few. For Nashville he has bowed in two productions of I Pagliacci as Tonio, as Amonasro in Aida, as Rigoletto, Amahl and the Night Visitors and L’Enfant et les Sortileges, and The Lighthouse (Davies).
Mr. Thomas has appeared in more than 50 performances with the Sarasota Opera including Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, Ezio in Attilla, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Scarpia in Tosca, and the title characters of Falstaff, Nabucco and Macbeth. A house favorite with the Des Moines Metro Opera, his performances have included Rigoletto, Macbeth, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Iago in Otello.
In concert, Mr. Thomas’ recent triumphs include Leoni’s L’Oracolo and Montemezzi’s L’Incantessimo with Teatro Grattacielo at Avery Fisher Hall. His Carnegie Hall debut in Durufle’s Requiem and Mark Hayes’ Te Deum and Spirit Suite, was followed by Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. He enjoyed great success in the World Premieres and subsequent performances as the baritone soloist in Bob Aldridge’s’ Parables with the Topeka Symphony. He sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Evansville Philharmonic and numerous pops concerts with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. Recital dates have included appearances on various concert series’ of Elmira College, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Wednesday Music Club Series of Harrisburg PA, and the Glenridge Series of Sarasota.
In the early 90s, he 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. He made his debut with Macedonia Opera as Amonasro in Aida. Later, Mr. Thomas added Hong Kong to his international credits singing Germont in La Traviata and performances of Tonio in I Pagliacci on tour in Fiesole, Pisa, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Sarlat, Luzerne, and Utrecht, under the auspices of Stichting Pagliacci of Utrecht.
Mr. Thomas can be heard on the Naxos recording of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. In 1992 Mr. Thomas recorded a solo disc, Crown Him Lord of All, with Jon Spong, organist.