2018–19 Season: Title role of Roberto Devereux
In 2014, tenor Russell Thomas made his San Francisco Opera and role debuts as Pollione in Norma, a role he has since sung at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Los Angeles Opera, and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. Thomas has recently performed the title role of La Clemenza di Tito at the Salzburg Festival and Dutch National Opera, the title role of Don Carlo at Washington National Opera, Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca with Los Angeles Opera, Ismaele in Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera, and Mao Tse-Tung in John Adams' Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other career highlights include the title role of Don Carlo with Deutsche Oper Berlin; Andres (Wozzeck), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Foresto and Uldino (Attila), the Steersman (Der Fliegende Holländer), and the title role of La Clemenza di Tito with the Metropolitan Opera; and Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He holds prizes from the Liederkranz Competition, the George London Foundation Competition, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition, and Barcelona’s Francisco Viñas International Competition. Future engagements include Manrico in Il Trovatore at the Bavarian State Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, the title role of La Clemenza di Tito with Los Angeles Opera, and Otello with the Canadian Opera Company and Deutsche Oper Berlin.