2019–20 Season: Title role, Ernani
In 2014, Russell Thomas made his San Francisco Opera and role debuts as Pollione in Norma, a role he has since sung at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Los Angeles Opera, and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. He returned last season to take on the title role of Roberto Devereux for the first time.
Thomas has enjoyed several operatic triumphs in recent seasons, including Manrico in Il Trovatore at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role of Don Carlo at Washington National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Cavaradossi in Tosca at Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic; Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role of Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Tito in La Clemenza di Tito at the Salzburg Festival and Dutch National Opera.
Past credits include Florestan in Fidelio at Cincinnati Opera; the title role of Stiffelio at Oper Frankfurt; Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Loge in Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic; Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and Ismaele in Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera.
Thomas has received prizes from the George London Foundation for Singers, the Liederkranz Foundation, The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and the Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest. Future engagements include Otello with Canadian Opera Company and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tito with Los Angeles Opera, and the title role of Idomeneo at Salzburg.