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
2014-2015 Season Highlights
Todd recently performed his seventh return engagement with the Des Moines Metro Opera festival as Gemont in Verdi’s La traviata. He will spend most of the fall months in Canada with company débuts for both Opera Lyra and Pacific Opera Victoria (POV). He will first bow as Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca in Ottawa, and then will perform his first Richard Wagner outing as Alberich in Das Rheingold in Victoria, British Columbia. In early November, he will sing a solo recital entitled “If Music be the Food of Love” in Winnipeg, Manitoba as part of a fundraising event for the Community Ministries of The Westminster Church of Winnipeg. The second half of his performance season will bring Mr. Thomas to Atlanta Opera in one of his signature roles, Rigoletto. The season fills out with a reprisal of Scarpia in performances with the Orlando Philharmonic and Sarasota Opera.
“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
In concert, Mr. Thomas performed with Teatro Grattacielo at Avery Fisher Hall as well as Carnegie Hall where he performed in Händel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. He has enjoyed great success in the world premières and subsequent performances as the baritone soloist in Bob Aldridge’s Parables with the Topeka Symphony. Mr. Thomas made 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 25 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.