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 also sung at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Los Angeles Opera, and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. A Miami native and alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Thomas has recently sung the title role of La Clemenza di Tito at the Salzburg Festival, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca at Los Angeles Opera, Ismaele in Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera, and Mao Zedong 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; Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile; Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Welsh National Opera; the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Foresto with Seattle Opera; the Prince (Rusalka) with Opera North Carolina; and the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Canadian Opera Company. He holds prizes from the Liederkranz Competition, the George London Foundation Competition, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition, and Barcelona’s Viñas Competition, among many others. Recent and future engagements include Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role of Don Carlo at Washington National Opera.