Todd Thomas ("Delacruz") - Bass Baritone
American baritone Todd Thomas is establishing himself with companies and journalists worldwide as a true Verdi baritone. Following his 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.” Opera News agreed complimenting a recent MacBeth performance, “Todd Thomas…was warm and centered in his tone with subtle phrasing that emphasized the introspective, almost poetic quality of the tormented king.”
Additionally in Verdi’s masterworks, Mr. Thomas had tremendous success as the title roles of Falstaff with Seattle Opera under Maestro Gerard Schwartz, Nabucco for Todi Music Fest USA, and Macbethfor Connecticut Grand Opera and Syracuse Opera, as well as Iago in Otelloand Amonasroin Aida, and international acclaim for his Count di Luna in Il Trovatore for German audiences. Furthermore, his Germont from La Traviata has been heard in Europe and Asia, as well as throughout the United States.
Last season, Mr. Thomas earned high praises in several debuts with Macedonia Opera as Amonasro in Aida, Santa Barbara Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, Opera Grand Rapids as Germont in La Traviata, Opera Toledo as Tonio in I Pagliacci, Des Moines Metro Opera as the title role in Rigoletto, as well as return engagements with several companies and orchestras.
In the 2006-2007 Season and beyond, Mr. Thomas performs Amonasro in Aida with Nashville Opera and Opera Carolina, Iago in Otello with Des Moines Metro Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with New York City Opera, Count Di Luna in Il Trovatore with Opera North, Ezio in Attilla with Sarasota Opera, High Priest in Samson et Dalila with Nashville Opera, the title role in Rigoletto with Bob Jones University and Greensboro Opera, and appears in Menotti’s award winning Amahl and the Night Visitors,which will be released under the Naxos label. He will also make his Carnegie Hall debut in the Durufle Requiem and Mark Hayes Te Deumand Spirit Suite.
Mr. Thomas has appeared in more than 50 performances with the Sarasota Opera including Jack Rance in Fanciulla del West, Enrico in Lucia Di Lammermoor, Scarpia in Tosca,as well the title characters of Falstaff, 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 Lighthouse.
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.