Dramatic baritone Thomas Hall has become internationally known for his rich, powerful voice, particularly in the heldenbaritone roles of Wagner and Strauss.
Last season, Mr Hall sang the role of Telramund Lohengrin for the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Mr Hall’s recent European engagements have included the role of Wotan in the critically acclaimed production of Die Walküre for Sofia Opera Wagner Festival, and the title role in Der fliegende Holländer and Jochanaan Salome for the the Badisches Staatstheater. A noted interpreter of the works of Richard Strauss, he has previously sung Jochanaan for Opera Australia, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, the Royal Danish Opera, Tiroler Landestheater and Pfalztheater Kaiserlautern. His other Strauss roles include Kunrad Feurersnot for Teatro Massimo Palermo, Orest Elektra for Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Barak Die Frau ohne Schatten for Theater Kiel.Read more
Beginning his music career as a horn player, Mr. Hall changed to singing at the age of 27. He made his European debut in 2011 at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Telramund in Lohengrin, a role that he later reprised at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Polish National Opera, and Korea National Opera. He returned to Savonlinna in the title role of Der fliegende Holländer and went on to head other productions with Opera Hong Kong, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Circuito Lirico Lombardo, and Opera po Skaret. He added the three Wotan/Wanderer roles in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen to his repertoire with three complete cycles for Theater Kiel, Die Walküre for Grange Park Opera, Das Rheingold and Siegfried for the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, and Siegfried for Oldenburgisches Staatstheater.
His other roles include Scarpia Tosca, the Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Amonasro in Aida. Concert repertoire includes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.
“In Act II, the entry of the Wotan of Thomas Hall was bold and charismatic with his profligately vibrant baritone – he is deeply aware of the tragic/broken relationship between fate and his rule expressed in ‘Was verlangst du?'”
“Of the three singers employed for the role of Wotan, baritone Thomas Hall, playing the “Die Walküre” Wotan, proved to be the most accomplished. Exuding an authoritative, confident manner with a strong stage presence, he had the necessary gravitas to bring Wotan to life. Even when he is berated by Fricka into allowing Siegmund to be killed or succumbing to his decision to abandon his beloved Brünnhilde, he always maintained a dignified air. He was a regal god. Likewise, his singing was also high quality. His vocal line was expertly moulded using emotionally charged inflections and dynamic contrasts to capture his conflicting feelings. His voice possessed body, was strong across the range, and had the necessary resonance to dominate the orchestra, even in its louder sections.”