Dramatic baritone Thomas Hall recently made his European debut as Telramund in Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, to very favorable reviews.
The Finnish newspaper Aamulehti said of his performance, “Thomas Hall as Telramund oozed physical activeness and powerful singing;” and Uutispäivä reported, “Thomas Hall is impressive in the part of Friedrich, his baritone was… striking.”
He was invited to return to Savonlinna in summer 2012 to perform the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer. Other upcoming performances include the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer with both Torino and Teatro Comunale di Bologna, as well as Jochanaan in Salome with both Opera Australia and Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, Norway.
Recently, Mr. Hall was seen as the title role in Rigoletto in a concert performance with the Ann Arbor Symphony; Il Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore with Opera de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico; and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly at Madison Opera. A two time finalist in the Chester Ludgin Verdi Baritone Competition, Mr. Hall’s other roles include Germont in La Traviata, Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, and Carlo Quinto in Ernani.
Recent concert appearances include Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Wichita Symphony; Vaughan-Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the University of Chicago Orchestra and Chorus; and understudying the baritone solo in Berlioz’ Lelio for the Chicago Symphony.
Other concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s oratorios Elijah and St. Paul, Faure’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. In recent years he has performed as a soloist with such prestigious organizations as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Music Festival.
Formerly a professional French horn player, Mr. Hall switched to singing at the age of 27.
Among his recent and future engagements: Elektra in Bologna and Reggio Emilia, Das Rheingold in Kiel and Salome in Copenaghen, the title role in Der Fliegender Holländer in Sweden, Telramund in Löhengrin at Korea National Opera, Wotan in Die Walküre at Grange Park Opera, Salome in Copenaghen, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Die Reise nach Reims, Die Trojaner in Kiel.