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Donald Thomson

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RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

In the season 2018/2019 Scottish bass and former Opera Zurich IOS young artist Donald Thomson debuts  with Glyndebourne Festival on Tour in La traviata, with the Welsh National Opera in War and Peace, the production that will be performed also at the ROH, Covent Garden and with Vlaamse Opera (Kommissar Weser Les Bienveillantes, Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer Cardillac, Medico​ Macbeth).

 
Future engagements include his return to Glyndebourne Festival and debut with Grand Théâtre de Genève.

 


OPERATIC ENGAGEMENTS

As a member of the prestigious Zurich IOS, Donald performed the roles including 2. Geharnischter Die Zauberflöte, Schliesser Tosca, Billy Jackrabbit Fanciulla. He was also an apprentice working under the tutelage of Maestro Gustav Kuhn, and performed Titurel Parsifal in their 2018 season Tiroler Festspiele Erl.

 

Elsewhere he performed Landgraf in Tannhäuser for Longborough Festival Opera, Colline in La bohème at Edinburgh Grand Opera, and Fafner in Das Rheingold with Saffron Opera Group, Gurnemanz in Parsifal at Henry Wood Hall with David Syrus, Keeper of the Madhouse in The Rake’s Progress for Saffron Opera Group, Hunding in Die Walküre for Secret Opera Cardiff, Commendatore in Don Giovanni for Westminster Opera London in La Rochelle, Serviteur in Thais for Edinburgh International Festival  with Sir Andrew Davis, Count Rostov in War and Peace for the RSAMD Opera School, Scottish Opera Glasgow and Rostov Conservatoire of Music Rostov, Russia, Peter in Hansel and Gretel for Escales Lyriques Paris, The Parson in Cunning Little Vixen for RSAMD / Scottish Opera, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos for RSAMD Opera School Glasgow, La Cuisiniere, The Herald in L’amour des Trois Oranges for Scottish Opera Glasgow, Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea for Edinburgh Studio Opera.


CONCERT ENGAGEMENTS

Beethoven - 9th Symphony - Bass Soloist, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, Barbican Centre


AWARDS

Solo Song Prize at the 2006 Ohio State Vocal Concourse, the Winifred Crawford Smith  Prize  and the Open Oratorio Class at the 2005 Edinburgh Competition Festival, Carol Rees Award for Advanced Musical Studies in Wagnerian Repertoire.


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November 2018
02

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

0619:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

0919:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

1319:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

1619:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

1718:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

2019:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

2418:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

2419:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

2719:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

3019:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

February 2019
0320:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

0520:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

0820:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

1015:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

1220:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

2120:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

2320:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

2720:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

March 2019
0315:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Дирижер

Guy Joosten, Режиссер

April 2019
2419:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

2619:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

2815:00

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

3019:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

May 2019
0219:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

1219:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

1419:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

1619:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

1819:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Дирижер

Calixto Bieito, Режиссер

June 2019
2119:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Michael Thalheimer, Режиссер

2315:00

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Michael Thalheimer, Режиссер

2719:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Michael Thalheimer, Режиссер

3015:00

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Michael Thalheimer, Режиссер

July 2019
0219:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Michael Thalheimer, Режиссер

0419:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Michael Thalheimer, Режиссер

0619:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Michael Thalheimer, Режиссер

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October 2018
12

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Дирижер

Tom Cairns, Режиссер

1318:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Дирижер

David Pountney, Режиссер

15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Дирижер

Tom Cairns, Режиссер

18

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Дирижер

Tom Cairns, Режиссер

2018:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Дирижер

David Pountney, Режиссер

21

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Дирижер

Tom Cairns, Режиссер

24

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Дирижер

Tom Cairns, Режиссер

27

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Дирижер

Tom Cairns, Режиссер

30

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Дирижер

Tom Cairns, Режиссер

September 2018
1518:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Дирижер

David Pountney, Режиссер

2218:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Дирижер

David Pountney, Режиссер

2915:00

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Дирижер

David Pountney, Режиссер

March 2018
29

Wagner - Parsifal - Titurel

Tiroler Festspiele Erl

31

Wagner - Parsifal - Titurel

Tiroler Festspiele Erl
January 2018
0219:30

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Дирижер

0419:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Дирижер

0620:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Дирижер

0919:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Дирижер

December 2017
3118:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Дирижер

November 2017
0119:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Robert Carsen, Режиссер

0419:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Robert Carsen, Режиссер

October 2017
0519:30

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Дирижер

Tatjana Gürbaca, Режиссер

1019:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Дирижер

Tatjana Gürbaca, Режиссер

1514:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Дирижер

Tatjana Gürbaca, Режиссер

2119:30

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Robert Carsen, Режиссер

2719:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Robert Carsen, Режиссер

2919:30

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Дирижер

Robert Carsen, Режиссер

September 2017
2619:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Дирижер

Tatjana Gürbaca, Режиссер

2919:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Дирижер

Tatjana Gürbaca, Режиссер

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Longborough Festival Opera – Tannhauser - Landgraf - 2016/17

‘Donald Thomson expressing effortless bass authority as the Landgraf.’

- Mark RonanRead the article

All the other male roles are cast from strength: Donald Thomson was an impressively authoritative Landgrave

- Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard InternationalRead the article

The other male roles are cast from strength. The security and tone in Donald Thomson’s bass voice make him an outstanding Landgrave, and it would be good to hear more of him at the Royal Opera House and Coliseum

- Jim Pritchard, Seen and HeardRead the article

The parts of the Landgrave and the minnesingers were striking for the beauty of the young focused voices, so important to this ensemble opera. Donald Thomson’s darkly hued Landgrave was impressive

- Peter Reynolds, BachtrackRead the article

Donald Thomson’s stentorian bass gives the Landgrave of Thuringia a chilling edge

- Rian Evans, The GuardianRead the article


Bristol Tobacco Theatre - Don Giovanni - Il Commendatore - 2016/17

Speaking of depth and volume, Donald Thomson is a marvellously stentorian as the Commendatore; when he finally confronts Giovanni his dark, resonant sound is truly spine-tingling.

- Mike Whitton, Stage Talk MagazineRead the article

It is left to Donald Thomson’s Commendatore to make the most lasting impression as his bass rumbles through the theatre before dragging this libertine to hell.

- Kris Hallet, The Reviews HubRead the article


Saffron Opera Group - Siegfried - Fafner - 2016/17

At the opposite, lowest end of the scale was a third good surprise, Donald Thomson. Again, I have not heard a Fafner of such sonorous gravity since Josef Greindl at his best, and Donald Thomson had no need to force his voice downwards to plumb Fafner’s subterranean depths; they were his proper kingdom. He was left free to phrase the music, and give it feeling, the strange pathos of this vast and pitiless beast as it dies. 

- Paul Dawson-Bowlings, Wagner News Magazine

Donald Thomson was a superb Fafner, with an unfaltering, penetrating bass of almost incredible richness.

- Charlotte Valori, Operissima WhispersRead the article

Donald Thomson the suitably fathomless Fafner.

- Andrew Clements, The GuardianRead the article


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