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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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October 2018
12

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

1318:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

15

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

18

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

2018:30

Prokofiev - War and Peace - Jacquot

Welsh National Opera

Tomáš Hanus, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

21

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

24

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

27

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

30

Verdi - La Traviata - Grenvil

Glyndebourne Festival

Christoph Altsteadt, Conductor

Tom Cairns, Stage Director

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, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

0520:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

0820:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

1015:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

1220:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

2120:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

2320:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

2720:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

March 2019
0315:00

Hindemith - Cardillac - Der Goldhändler/ Der Führer

Opera Vlaanderen

Dmitri Jurowski, Conductor

Guy Joosten, Stage Director

April 2019
2419:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

2619:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

2815:00

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

3019:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

May 2019
0219:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

1219:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

1419:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

1619:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

1819:30

Parra - Les Bienveillantes - Kommissar Weser

Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Rundel, Conductor

Calixto Bieito, Stage Director

June 2019
2119:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Michael Thalheimer, Stage Director

2315:00

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Michael Thalheimer, Stage Director

2719:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Michael Thalheimer, Stage Director

3015:00

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Michael Thalheimer, Stage Director

July 2019
0219:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Michael Thalheimer, Stage Director

0419:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Michael Thalheimer, Stage Director

0619:30

Verdi - Macbeth - Medico

Opera Vlaanderen

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Michael Thalheimer, Stage Director

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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

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, Conductor

0419:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Conductor

0620:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Conductor

0714:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Conductor

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

0919:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Conductor

1219:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Conductor

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

December 2017
2119:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Conductor

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

2620:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Conductor

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

3019:00

Puccini - La fanciulla del West - Billy Jackrabbit

Zürich Opera House

Marco Armiliato, Conductor

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

3118:00

Rossini - Le comte Ory - Coryphée

Zürich Opera House

Diego Fasolis, Conductor

November 2017
0119:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Robert Carsen, Stage Director

0419:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Robert Carsen, Stage Director

October 2017
0519:30

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Conductor

Tatjana Gürbaca, Stage Director

1019:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Conductor

Tatjana Gürbaca, Stage Director

1514:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Conductor

Tatjana Gürbaca, Stage Director

2119:30

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Robert Carsen, Stage Director

2719:00

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Robert Carsen, Stage Director

2919:30

Puccini - Tosca - Un carceriere

Zürich Opera House

Paolo Carignani, Conductor

Robert Carsen, Stage Director

September 2017
2619:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Conductor

Tatjana Gürbaca, Stage Director

2919:00

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 2. Geharnischter

Zürich Opera House

Karina Canellakis, Conductor

Tatjana Gürbaca, Stage Director

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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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