American baritone Todd Thomas is established with companies and journalists worldwide as a true Verdi baritone. He recently had tremendous success in the title role of Falstaff with Seattle Opera under Mo. Gerard Schwartz, Amonasro in Aida with Nashville Opera and Opera Carolina, and Iago in Otellowith Des Moines Metro Opera. Opera News complimented a recent Macbethperformance saying, “Todd Thomas… was warm and centered in his tone with subtle phrasing that emphasized the introspective, almost poetic quality of the tormented king.” Following a recent triumph in Puccini’s Tosca at the New York City Opera, The New York Times wrote, “It also helped the Scarpia was sung by Todd Thomas in a vocally assured and dramatically charged performance, full of all the smugness and lustful rapacity that the role demands.”
In the fall 2008, Mr. Thomas performed the title role in Rigoletto with Palm Beach Opera; Count di Luna in Il Trovatore with Manitoba Opera and Indianapolis Opera; and Father in Hansel and Gretelwith Opera Cleveland. In 2009 and beyond, performances include the title role in Rigoletto with Austin Lyric Opera, Orlando Opera, Fresno Grand Opera and Opera Naples; Scarpia inTosca with Michigan Opera Theater and Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera Company; Amonasro in Aida with the Pensacola Opera; and a return to the Chautauqua Opera in the summer 2009 as Count di Luna in Il Trovatore and Scarpia in Tosca.
In the recent 2007-2008 Season, he performed Dr. Metivier in War and Peaceand covered Capulet in Romeo et Juliette in his Metropolitan Opera debut, as well as returning to New York City Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, Tonio in I Pagliacci with Augusta Opera, Leoni’s L’Oracolo and Montemezzi’sL’Incandessimo with Teatro Grattacielo at Avery Fisher Hall, Germont in La Traviata with Chautauqua Opera, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera with Des Moines Metro Opera and participated in a Verdi Gala with the Jacksonville Symphony.
In the 2006-2007 Season, Mr. Thomas performed Amonasro in Aida with Nashville Opera, Ezio in Attilla with Sarasota Opera, Iago in Otello with Des Moines Metro Opera, Count Di Luna in Il Trovatore and the title role inFalstaff with Opera North, and appeared in Menotti’s award winning Amahl and the Night Visitors, which was recently released under the Naxos label. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Durufle Requiem and Mark Hayes’s Te Deumand Spirit Suite, and performed Scarpia in Tosca with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. In addition, Mr. Thomas participated in New York City Opera’s VOX 2007 Showcase of American Composers in two new works: In The Father’s Garden by David Kirtley and Rio de Sangre by Don Davis.
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 inLucia di Lammermoor, Scarpia in Tosca, as well the title characters ofFalstaff, Nabucco and Macbeth. Also a house favorite with Nashville Opera, he has sung such standards in the repertoire as the title role in Rigoletto, Tonio in I Pagliacci, as well as a stunning production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighhouse. Other recent engagements include high praise in his debut with Macedonia Opera as Amonasro in Aida, Scarpia in Tosca with Santa Barbara Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Opera Grand Rapids, Tonio in I Pagliacciwith Opera Toledo, the title role in Rigoletto with Des Moines Metro Opera.
As a recital and concert artist, Mr. Thomas has appeared on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In a European tour of I Pagliacci, he performed Tonio in Fiesole, Pisa, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Sarlat, Luzerne, and Utrecht. Likewise, for nearly 20 seasons he has been a soloist for the Ocean City Pops Orchestra in New Jersey, as well as multiple return engagements with orchestras nationwide, including the touring divisions of Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera.