After a successful career as a bass, Tómas Tómasson has recently made a change in his repertory, moving to the heldenbariton one, with immediate and outstanding results. The first successful role debuts in his new repertoire include Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer), Tomskij (Pikovaja dama) at the Monnaie in Brussels and at the San Francisco Opera, and Wozzeck (title role) at the Opéra in Nancy.
Tómas Tómasson began his professional career whilst still studying at the Reykjavik College of Music, performing Mozart and Verdi roles with the Icelandic Opera and performing concerts and recitals throughout his home country; including Bach’s St. John Passion, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Missa Brevis and Requiem.
As a bass, he performed in some among the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses, such as Covent Garden, Teatro Regio di Torino, Berlin Staatsoper, Innsbruck Festival, Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie in Bruxelles, Vlaamse Opera, Baltimore Opera Company, Opéra de Lausanne, Teatro Real in Madrid, Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Oper in Köln, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Netherlands Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
During his career he has worked with such conductors as Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Daniel Oren, Carlo Rizzi, René Jacobs, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Donald Runnicles, Christian Badea, Michel Plasson, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Massimo Zanetti, Kazushi Ono and Daniele Callegari.
In the recent years he has sung The Fiery Angel (Ruprecht) at the Monnaie in Bruxelles, Don Giovanni (title role) at the Minnesota Opera, Pikovaja dama (Tomskij) at the Vlaamse Opera, as Holländer in Der fliegende Holländer at the Liceu in Barcelona, as Jochanaan in Salome at the Concert Hall in Thessaloniki, La traviata (Giorgio Germont), Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio) and I Pagliacci (Tonio) in Reykjavik, Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso) in Maribor, Haydn’s Die Schoepfung in Rome under the baton of Lorin Maazel and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District alla Deutsche Oper am Rhein di Düsseldorf.
Recently he performed as the protagonist in the creation of a new opera at Teatro Real of Madrid, Faust Bal, with music by Leonardo Balada. He also performed as Rigoletto at the Opéra de Nancy and at the Hamburgische Staatsoper in Hamburg, and as Tomskij in Pikovaja dama at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff.
The 2009/10 season has seen him debuting in the title role of Aribert Reimann’s Lear at the Komische Oper in Berlin. He also performed Tristan und Isolde (Kurwenal) at the Liceu in Barcelona, Pikovaja dama (Tomskij) at the Houston Grand Opera.
He opened the 2010/11 season making his role debut as Hans Sachs in and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Komische in Berlin, followed by Parsifal (Klingsor) at the Monnaie in Bruxelles, Gluck’s Armide at the Komische in Berlin, Salome (Jochanaan) at the Komische in Berlin and Beethoven’s IX Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow.
His future engagements include, among others, Lear (title role) at the Komische in Berlin, Lohengrin (Telramund) at the Bayreuther Festspiele, Samson et Dalila at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and at the San Diego Opera, Fidelio (Pizarro), Pikovaja dama (Tomskij) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Il trovatore (Conte di Luna) and Otello (Jago) at the Houston Grand Opera, Mazepa at the Opéra de Monteacarlo, Lear (title role) at the Oper in Frankfurt, Salome (Jochanaan) at the Opernhaus in Zürich, Parsifal (Kingsor) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Siegfried at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. (May 2011)
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