Baritone Thomas Glass is a 2018-2019 Studio Artist at Houston Grand Opera, where this season he makes his role debut as Marcello in La bohème, Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas and covers the title role in Don Giovanni. Additional season debuts include Marcello with Des Moines Metro Opera.
In the 2017-2018 season with Houston Grand Opera, Mr. Glass made his role debut as Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, performed Baron Duphol in La Traviata, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Officer Krupke in Bernstein’s West Side Story. Further assignments in the season included the cover of Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. He joined Wolf Trap Opera to sing Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, and appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra as the baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Glass was a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, where he made his professional debut as Capulet in Roméo et Juliette. He created the role of Gustave in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight and made his role debut as Schaunard in La bohème. Other assignments included covers of Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Donner in Das Rheingold, and Dan Packard and Dr. Talbot in Dinner at Eight. In the summer of 2017, the baritone participated in the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, where he was featured in the Schwabacher Concert, performing Athanaël in Massenet’s Thaïs and singing Ford’s Monologue from Verdi’s Falstaff in the Grand Finale Concert.
During the summers of 2015 and 2016, Mr. Glass was a member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, where he sang Joseph in The Ghosts of Versailles and Bragherona in the U.S. premiere of L’opera seria by Florian Leopold Gassmann. While at Wolf Trap, he also covered the roles of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Schaunard in La bohème. In the Studio Scenes Program, he portrayed Dapertutto in the famous sextet from Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and sang excerpts as Silvio in I Pagliacci and Danilo in The Merry Widow.
A native of Edina, Minnesota, Mr. Glass earned his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. While at Rice, he sang the roles of Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Peter in Hänsel und Gretel. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business.
“Following this was a real show-stopper, Ford’s aria “È sogno…o realtà?” from Verdi’s Falstaff, robustly sung by baritone Thomas Glass. In an aria full of contradictory feelings of bluster and vulnerability, Thomas Glass made every emotional swing of his character entirely believable.”