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
2015-2016 Season Highlights
Todd will begin the season off in September with Opéra Louisianne, singing as a soloist for their gala "Baritones on the Bayou." Todd will end the month in Georgia, singing in the John Hamm Performing Arts Series hosted by Covenant College. Todd with his accompanist, Paul Jones, will perform a recital and provide a masterclass as part of the Arts Series. After Thomas' success and acclaim from critics on his performance with Pacific Opera Victoria as Alberich in Das Rheingold last season, he has been called back to return for POV's production of Otello. Todd will be performing the role of the sinister Iago. Before the New Year, Todd will be going to Elmira, NY to perform the benefit concert for his scholarship, the Todd Thomas Music Scholarship, along side the 2015 recipient of the scholarship. Todd will start the New Year off with the Pensacola Opera singing as Germont in Verdi's La Traviata. After bowing in Pensacola, Todd will remain in Florida and join the Sarasota Opera as part of their Verdi Cycle. A longtime favorite of the company, Todd will be part of their grand close to their cycle bowing as Rolando in La Battaglia di Legnano ("The Battle of Legnano"). After last season's "spectacular debut" (NewOutpost.com) in Rigoletto with The Atlanta Opera he will return to their stage for a rare performance of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet.
“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
Mr. Thomas has presented concerts and recitals alike in Canada, Germany as well as many American venues. In concert, Mr. Thomas performed with Teatro Grattacielo at Avery Fisher Hall as well as Carnegie Hall. His Orchestral appearances include the Orlando Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, and many others. With the Topeka symphony, he has enjoyed great success in the world premières as the baritone soloist in Bob Aldridge’s Parables. Mr. Thomas continues to make 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 26 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.