Winner of the 2021 Guildhall Gold Medal and the 2021 John Christie Award, British baritone Thomas Mole is a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio.
In the 2023/24 season, Thomas’ roles for the Bayerische Staatsoper include Fiorello Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mityukha Boris Godunov, Guccio Il Trittico, Dritter Brabantischer Elder Lohengrin, Schobiak Le Grand Macabre, Tarquino Lucrezia/Ein Bauer Der Mond, Flying Dutchman Max und die Superheld, and Bert Frank und Bert. The season also sees Thomas’ return to the Glyndebourne Festival.
Recent roles for the Bayerische Staatsoper include Flemish Deputy Don Carlo, José Castro La Fanciulla del West, Comandante Manon Lescaut, Adjutant from Napoleon’s entourage War and Peace, Flora’s Servant La Traviata, A Hunter Rusalka and Mitjucha Boris Godunov. Further roles include Kuligin Káťa Kabanová and Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress for the Glyndebourne Festival and the Glyndebourne Tour, and Escamillo Carmen and Count Horn Un Ballo in Maschera for Opera Holland Park.Read more
On the concert platform, Thomas made his Russian debut in 2022, touring with MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis singing Fauré’s Requiem and has sung Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel for the opening night of the Three Choirs Festival.
Thomas trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Roles whilst training include Gil Il Segreto di Susanna, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, Barone di Trombonok Il Viaggio a Reims and Hotel Manager Powder Her Face.
“Baritone Thomas Mole also impressed as Escamillo with peerless top Fs and Es in the Act two showpiece; it is a voice with plenty of darkness and depth across the whole register, losing none of its interest in the upper reaches, and gives his boyish, playful characterization real charisma.”
“Thomas Mole made a vibrantly characterful Escamillo, managing to perform this impossible role in a finely musical way. He brought a lithely youthful element to the character whilst his voice never disappeared when descending into the lower reaches, and he strutted his stuff magnificently (in Act Four, in particular).”
“…while bullfighter Escamillo is sung with thrilling vibrancy by Thomas Mole: nominally a baritone, he has no difficulty (as do many exponents of the role) with the lower notes.”