Baritone Thomas Glass is a Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent alum of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
In the 2019/20 season he returns to Houston Grand Opera for a role debut as Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed production of The Magic Flute, under the baton of Jane Glover. He makes house and role debuts with Atlanta Opera as Dandini in La Cenerentola, and Arizona Opera as John Lassiter in Riders of the Purple Sage. On the concert stage, he joins Ars Lyrica Houston for a program of Bach and presents a solo recital with the Nantucket Musical Arts Society.
In the 2018-19 season, Glass made his role debut as Marcello in La bohème with Houston Grand Opera, and subsequently made his Des Metro Opera debut in the role. Also at Houston Grand Opera, he sang Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas and covered the title role in Don Giovanni.
Career highlights include multiple assignments with Houston Grand Opera including role debuts as Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Baron Duphol in La Traviata, and Officer Krupke in Bernstein’s West Side Story, as well as covering the role of Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. He joined Wolf Trap Opera to sing Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette and was the baritone soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.
A former Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, Glass made his professional debut as Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, 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. An alum of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, 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.
Born in Edina, Minnesota, Thomas 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 Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel, and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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.”