Tenor Russell Thomas To Sing Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

By David Salazar

Russell Thomas will grace millions of viewers in the United States with his brilliant tenor during the midnight mass on Christmas Eve at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The tenor made the announcement via Twitter. He slated to sing “O Holy Night” during the mass.

Thomas is currently performing a run of Verdi’s “Nabucco” at the Metropolitan Opera alongside Placido Domingo, Jamie Barton and Liumyla Monastyrska. Regarding his performance, OperaWire wrote that “his voice just fits this repertoire beautifully, the famed squillo coming naturally to him. His declaration of love to Fenena in the first act (his only real sustained solo passage) was luxurious in its execution, a gradual crescendo over the course of the phrase signaling his blossoming love.”

The tenor has had a rather eventful 2016 that includes performances of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde,” with the Detroit and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, multiple runs of Bellini’s “Norma” in Canada and Los Angeles. He also performed roles in “Stiffelio,” “Carmen” and “Fidelio.”