Autumn 2017 KKN News

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Tenor RUSSELL THOMAS [Photo by Fay Fox]
From Tito to Otello: versatile tenor Russell Thomas
[Photo by Fay Fox]

Russell Thomas’s journey through the most demanding and diverse rôles for the tenor voice continues, thrilling audiences and earning critical acclaim.

Having conquered the Salzburger Festspiele with a portrayal of the title rôle in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in which ‘his penetrating tenor, which has lately acquired richness and heft, anchored the evening’ [Alex Ross, The New Yorker], Russell shares the ‘gravitas and passion’ [Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times] of his artistry with enthusiastic listeners throughout the world.

In October 2017, Russell takes on one of his Fach’s greatest challenges when he sings the title rôle in Verdi’s Otello for the first time in a pair of concert performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (7 and 10 October). Surrounded by a superb cast, his inaugural interpretation of Otello will be conducted by ASO Music Director Robert Spano.

Later in October, Russell returns to The Metropolitan Opera for five performances as Rodolfo in Franco Zeffirelli’s famous production of Puccini’s La bohème (19, 23, 27 October; 1, 4 November).

Russell says ‘Adieu’ to autumn as Henri in the rarely-performed original French version of Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes at Oper Frankfurt (26, 30 November; 3, 9, 16 December).

Russell's engagements in 2018 include Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and an appearance at New York’s Marilyn Horne Song Celebration in January; the title rôle in Verdi’s Don Carlo with Washington National Opera, followed by outings as the tenor soloist in performances of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra in March; and revisiting Mozart’s Tito in Peter Sellars’s staging of La clemenza di Tito at Dutch National Opera in May.

For more information about Russell’s career and upcoming engagements, please visit the KKN Artists page.

[Updated 22 September 2017]

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