Twenty-four year old British bass Will Thomas is the winner of the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, winner of the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award and winner of the 2018 John Christie Award from Glyndebourne. A Jerwood Young Artist in the 2018 Glyndebourne Chorus, he sang the role of Nicholas in Barber’s Vanessa.
In January 2019 he performed the bass solo at Wigmore Hall inn Graham Johnson’s Songmaker’s Almanac and in November 2018 he made his LSO debut performing Barktok’s Cantata under François-Xavier Roth at the Barbican Concert Hall. He sang the bass role in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Lyon in June 2018 and made his debut performance in 2017 as the Shepherd in Pelléas et Mélisande at Garsington Opera.
Brought up in Harpenden, Will is currently on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studies with John Evans.
Will is a Help Musicians UK Maidment award holder, won the Joaninha Trust Award in March 2018 and also became a Drake Calleja Scholar 2018-19.
He enjoys a busy schedule as a recitalist and in operatic roles. Future engagements include Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass at Highgate Choral Society in March 2019, the role of Peter Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guildhall in March 2019, a recital at Leeds Lieder in April 2019 and another Songmakers’ Almanac Concert with Graham Johnson in June 2019.
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