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 2020-2021 season, Mr. Glass returns to Minnesota Opera as the Vicar in Albert Herring, returns to Wolf Trap Opera for a production of Sweeney Todd, and makes his house and role debut at the Berkshire Opera Festival as Ford in Falstaff. Previously scheduled engagements include his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Morales in Carmen, as well as a return to Arizona Opera as Stanley Kowalski in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. In concert, he rejoins Minnesota Opera for a performance featuring holiday-themed repertoire.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Glass made house and role debuts at Atlanta Opera as Dandini in La Cenerentola, and at Arizona Opera as John Lassiter in Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage. He had also been scheduled to return to Houston Grand Opera for his role debut as Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed production of The Magic Flute, under the baton of Jane Glover. On the concert stage, he presented a solo recital with the Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and had been scheduled to join Ars Lyrica Houston for a program of Bach.
In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Glass made his role debut as Marcello in La bohème at Houston Grand Opera, and subsequently made his house debut at Des Moines Metro Opera in the same role. Also at Houston Grand Opera, he sang Alvaro in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and covered the title role in Don Giovanni.
Career highlights include multiple engagements at Houston Grand Opera, including role debuts as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Baron Duphol in La Traviata, and Officer Krupke in West Side Story, as well as the cover of Achilla in Giulio Cesare. He has also joined Wolf Trap Opera to sing Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, and was the baritone soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.
Mr. Glass is a former Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, where he 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 there in the Schwabacher Concert, performing Athanaël in Thaïs and singing Ford’s Monologue from Falstaff in the Grand Finale Concert.
Born in 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 Figaro, 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.”