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Thomas Atkins

Thomas Atkins
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Thomas recently completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under the tutelage of Adrian Thompson. In 2013 he was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation Patronage Award. Recent concert performances include Soloist alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at the 2014 Yakushiji Otobutai, Japan and Dritter Lakai in excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Thomas was a finalist in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama “Gold Medal” in 2015 and is the recipient of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama award, the Sheila Prior Prize, the Phoebe Patrick Award and the Vianden International Summer School Award, all from the 2012 IFAC Australian Singing Competition. Roles include Pastore (Cover) in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Royal Opera); Tenor Solo: Anamchara – Songs of Friendship Pippa Murphy & Alexander McCall Smith (Scottish Opera); Don Ottavio (cover) Don Giovanni (New Zealand Opera); Arlecchino (Cover) in Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Corrado Il Corsaro (New Zealand School of Music); Ferrando Così Fan Tutte (Opera in a Days Bay Garden); Oronte Alcina (Opera in a Days Bay Garden); Borsa (cover) Rigoletto (NZO); Don José Carmen (New Zealand Choral Federation) and Lysander: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Zealand School of Music).

Concert engagements include Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Mozart’s Requiem, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, Handel’s Messiah and guest appearances at Nelson’s Opera in the Park.

Thomas gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Thomas was a 2013/14 Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with NZ Opera.

Recent engagements include Florindo in Wolf Ferrari’s Le Donne Curiose and Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Guildhall School of Music), Concerts with Kiri te Kanawa in Japan, Lampwick The Adventures of Pinocchio in Cambridge, Verdi Requiem at Walthamstow Town Hall (Forest Philharmonic), Pinkerton Madama Butterfly with Grimeborn Festival, Opera Galas in Budapest, Mozart Requiem in Switzerland and Rossini Stabat Mater in Milton Keynes.

Thomas joins the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the 2016/2017 season, where his roles will include Pilade Oreste, Faninal’s Major Domo Der Rosenkavalier, Poisson Adriana Lecouvreur and Roderigo Otello.

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