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Donald Thomson

Bass - Baritone

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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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September 2018
1518:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

2218:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

2915:00

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

Oktober 2018
12

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

1318:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Dirigent

David Pountney, Regisseur

15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

18

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

2018:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Dirigent

David Pountney, Regisseur

21

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

24

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

27

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

30

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

November 2018
02

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

0619:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

0919:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

1319:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

1619:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

1718:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Dirigent

David Pountney, Regisseur

2019:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

2418:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Dirigent

David Pountney, Regisseur

2419:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

2719:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

3019:15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Dirigent

Tom Cairns, Regisseur

Februar 2019
0320:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

0520:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

0820:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

1015:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

1220:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

2120:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

2320:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

2720:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

März 2019
0315:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Dirigent

Guy Joosten, Regisseur

April 2019
2419:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

2619:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

2815:00

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

3019:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

Mai 2019
0219:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

1219:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

1419:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

1619:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

1819:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Dirigent

Calixto Bieito, Regisseur

Juni 2019
2119:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Michael Thalheimer, Regisseur

2315:00

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Michael Thalheimer, Regisseur

2719:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Michael Thalheimer, Regisseur

3015:00

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Michael Thalheimer, Regisseur

Juli 2019
0219:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Michael Thalheimer, Regisseur

0419:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Michael Thalheimer, Regisseur

0619:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Michael Thalheimer, Regisseur

Vorherig

März 2018
29

Wagner - Parsifal - Titurel

Tiroler Festspiele Erl

31

Wagner - Parsifal - Titurel

Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Januar 2018
0219:30

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Dirigent

0419:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Dirigent

0620:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Dirigent

0714:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Dirigent

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

0919:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Dirigent

1219:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Dirigent

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Dezember 2017
2119:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Dirigent

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

2620:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Dirigent

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

3019:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Dirigent

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

3118:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Dirigent

November 2017
0119:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Robert Carsen, Regisseur

0419:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Robert Carsen, Regisseur

Oktober 2017
0519:30

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Dirigent

Tatjana Gürbaca, Regisseur

1019:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Dirigent

Tatjana Gürbaca, Regisseur

1514:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Dirigent

Tatjana Gürbaca, Regisseur

2119:30

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Robert Carsen, Regisseur

2719:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Robert Carsen, Regisseur

2919:30

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Dirigent

Robert Carsen, Regisseur

September 2017
2619:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Dirigent

Tatjana Gürbaca, Regisseur

2919:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Dirigent

Tatjana Gürbaca, Regisseur

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Longborough Festival Opera – Tannhauser - Landgraf - 2016/17

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

- Mark Ronanzum Text

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

- Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard Internationalzum Text

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 Heardzum Text

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, Bachtrackzum Text

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

- Rian Evans, The Guardianzum Text


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 Magazinezum Text

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 Hubzum Text


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 Whisperszum Text

Donald Thomson the suitably fathomless Fafner.

- Andrew Clements, The Guardianzum Text


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