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Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Tenor Russell Thomas on His Career’s Journey in Opera, Advocacy for Opera Singers & Life That Happens in Between


(Credit: Fay Fox) Content Warning: Please note the following includes some explicit language. American tenor Russell Thomas is now one of the most sought-after tenors of his generation having established his reputation in key lyric roles such as Don Carlo, Manrico in “Il trovatore,” Don Alvaro in “La forza del destino,” and Pollione “Norma.” As an alumnus of the Metropolitan {…}


Russell Thomas & Deborah Nansteel Headline World Premiere of ‘Fire and Blue Sky’ at LA Opera


(Credit: Fay Fox) Los Angeles Opera is set to present the world premiere of Joel Thompson’s “Fire and Blue Sky” on June 6, 2024. The showcase will feature Russell Thomas and Deborah Nansteel as the featured soloists for the new song cycle that is written by librettist Imani Tolliver. The work was created for Thomas who is the LA Opera’s {…}


Ailyn Perez, Russell Thomas, Joshua Guerrero & Isabel Lenoard Lead Houston Grand Opera’s 2024-25 Season


The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. The season opens with Verdi’s “Il Trovatore“ starring Michael Spyres, Ailyn Perez, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Lucas Meachem, and Morris Robinson. Patrick Summers conducts the production by Stephen Wadsworth. Performance Dates: Oct. 18-Nov. 3, 2024 Isabel Leonard leads Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” with Jack Swanson, Alessandro Corbelli, Iurii Samoilov, and Cory McGee. Lorenzo Passerini {…}


J’Nai Bridges, Yonghoon Lee, Russell Thomas, Diego Torre, Vanessa Goikoetxea Headline Seattle Opera’s 2024-25 Season


Seattle Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. “The 2024-25 season really offers something for everybody,” said general director Christina Scheppelmann in an official press statement. “We’re bringing in some of our audiences’ all-time favorite operas, like ‘Tosca’ and ‘The Magic Flute,’ in addition to a pair of remarkable new pieces from some of today’s most acclaimed and imaginative creators. And {…}


Russell Thomas, Angel Blue & Joyce DiDonato Headline Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s First Tour in 20 Years


(Credit: Metropolitan Opera) The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra has announced its first international tour in over 20 years. The company revealed that it would perform concerts in London, Paris, and Baden-Baden. “It has been more than 20 years since the Met Orchestra was last on tour in Europe, and I am so delighted to lead these wonderful musicians in programs that {…}


Russell Thomas, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Erin Morley, Daniela Mack, Jonah Hoskins Headline Vocal DC Arts’ 2023-24 Season


Vocal Arts DC has announced its 2023-24 season, which will feature some of opera’s biggest stars. It all kicks off with a recital featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo and Bryan Wagorn performing songs and cantatas. Performance Date: Sept. 21, 2023 Next up is Jonah Hoskins and pianist William Woodard presenting a program of music by Heggie, Lee Hoiby, and Erike Satie. {…}


J’Nai Bridges, Ailyn Pérez, Russell Thomas & Luca Pisaroni Lead Houston Grand Opera’s 2023-24 Season


The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2023-24 season, which will feature a world premiere. Jamie Barton, Janai Brugger, J‘Nai Bridges, Caitlin Lynch, Nicholas Newton, Michael Mayes, and Joshua Blue star in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Intelligence.” Kwamé Ryan conducts the production by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Performance Dates: Oct. 20-Nov. 3, 2024 Reginald Smith, Jr. sings the title role of Vedi’s “Falstaff” with Nicole Heaston, Blake {…}


Ying Fang, Russell Thomas & Heidi Melton Lead St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 2023-24 Season


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances of the season. James Gaffigan conducts Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” with Heidi Melton, Meredith Arwady, Antonio Poli, and Brian Mulligan. Performance Dates: Nov. 11 & 12, 2023 Kevin McBeth conducts IN UNISON Chorus in a concert Gospel Christmas. Performance Dates: Dec. 8, 2023 Stéphane {…}


Russell Thomas to Give Recital at LA Opera


(Credit: Fay Fox) Tenor Russell Thomas will perform a recital on Feb. 25, 2023 at the Los Angeles Opera’s Zipper Concert Hall. Thomas, who is also the company’s Artist-in-Residence, will present a program of new music created by three Black composers. The works include “Love and Light” by Jasmine Barnes, based on text by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton; Damien Geter’s “Annunciation” {…}