credit Gerard Collett
Born in London, Tenor Thomas Elwin studied at the Royal Academy of Music. A former boy-chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Thomas performed extensively as a treble soloist both in the UK and abroad, at venues including Tokyo Opera City, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, on Classic FM, BBC2 and Radio 3. An alumnus of the Solti Accademia Bel Canto and the Verbier Academy, Thomas was a member of the opera studio at Oper Stuttgart for the 2014/15 season. With his warm, lyric Tenor voice, Thomas is gaining reputation both in the UK and abroad.
Whilst at the opera studio at Oper Stuttgart in 2014/15, Thomas performed roles in seven operas, including Officer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Kuska (Khovanshchina), Adballo (Nabucco), Borsa (Rigoletto) and jumping in to sing the final two performances as Ferrando in a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. During his studies, roles included Tamino (Die Zauberflote), Ernesto (La Vera Constanza), Madwoman (Curlew River), Nemorino (L’Elisir D’amore) and excerpts as Duca (Rigoletto) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni).
Highlights included: Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte) for Oper Stuttgart and for Teatro Barocco at the Schlosstheater Laxenburg, cover and sing Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for English National Opera, Messiah with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Odense, Denmark, Alfredo in The Mountebanks by Cellier in a World Premier recording with the BBC concert Orchestra and BBC singers and Telemaco / Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria for The Grange Festival. Performances on stage in 2015/16 included a return to Oper Stuttgart as Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Nathanael (Contes D’Hoffman), Kuska (Khovanshchina) and Borsa (Rigoletto). In February 2016 Thomas sang his first Belmonte (Die Entufuhrung aus dem Serail) in a new production by Sigrid Herzog at the Vorarlberg Landestheater. He was made an associate artist of Classical Opera Company for 2017/18 which will see him perform the role of Fracasso in Mozart’s La Finta Semplice in Liverpool and London. Other future engagements include covering the role of Lysander / A Midsummer Night’s Dream for English National Opera as well as a new production with Teatro Barocco.
On the concert platform Thomas has performed extensively as a soloist across Europe. Previous seasons performances include Bach Passions (both arias and as Evangelist) in St. Alban’s Abbey, at the LutherKirche in Bad Canstatt and in Zaragoza, Messiah at Liederhalle Stuttgart with the International Bach Akademie, Stuttgart, in Manchester Cathedral and at the Leith Hill Festival, Britten Serenade at Kings Place, London, and in the Duke’s Hall with Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Further performed repertoire includes Messa di Gloria (Puccini), Jephtha (Handel), Nocturne (Britten), Elijah (Mendelssohn) and Creation (Haydn). He made his debut in the BBC Proms festival in 2017.
Thomas has an extensive recital repertoire, including performances of works by Schumann (Dichterliebe), Strauss, Britten (Winter Words), Tippett (Heart’s Assurance) and Liszt (Petrarch Sonnets). Appearances include a Christmas Lieder programme at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Verdi and Wagner songs with Song in the City, at the Austrian Cultural Forum with the Royal Academy Song circle and a solo recital as part of the Masters series at the Gresham Centre. Future plans include a debut recital recording of Bellini and Donizetti songs and a second recording featuring songs by Hahn, Duparc and Liszt.
Whilst at the Royal Academy, Thomas was a Leverhulme foundation award holder. Further scholarships and awards included a Kathleen Trust award, the Sally Ferrey Scholaship, the Drapers company scholarship and support from a number of generous private supporters, for which Thomas is very grateful.
Thomas lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and enjoys films, most sports and following the mixed fortunes of West Ham United.
Stand: September 2018