Born in Glasgow, Thomas Walker studied in the brass department of The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before studying singing with Ryland Davies at the Royal College of Music.
Concert plans this season and beyond include the title role in Handel Belshazzar’s Feast with the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and Ottavio Dantone on a European tour including the 2016 Salzburg Festival; Stravinsky Pulcinella with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Handel Il trionfo del tempo e del disenganno with The Dunedin Consort and John Butt in Bruges; Messiah on a European tour with Orchestra of the 18th Century and Daniel Reuss and at Rheingau with OAE and Laurence Cummings; title role in Handel Samson with the Copenhagen Boys Choir; Bach (JC, JS and CPE) Magnificat with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen (concert and recording); Berlioz L’enfance du Christ in Lisbon with Paul McCreesh and on the opera stage: Rameau Zoroastre with Komische Oper Berlin and Christian Curnyn; Purcell The Fairy Queen with Stuttgart Opera; Arnalta in Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea in Venice with Academy of Ancient Music; Sospiro in Gassmann L’opéra seria for La Monnaie, Brussels with René Jacobs.
Thomas has recently sung the title role in Rameau Platée for Stuttgart Opera and Staatstheater Nürnberg and Don Pedrarias Davila in Peter Sellars’ new production of Purcell The Indian Queen for English National Opera as well as Count Almaviva; Eurimaco The Return of Ulysses; Janek Makropulos Case; Alessandro Il Re Pastore; Quint The Turn of the Screw; Basilio Figaro; Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier; Lindoro L’Italiana in Algeri; Pélleas; Linfea Calisto; Lenia in Cavalli Eliogabalo; Ferrando; Don Ottavio and Letchmere Owen Wingrave for companies including the Royal Opera Covent Garden, ENO, Scottish Opera, Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Ensemble Matheus, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and La Monnaie, Brussels.
His debut at the 2002 Proms in Mendelssohn Elijah at the Royal Albert Hall, with Kurt Masur and the LPO resulted in return invitations to sing Janácek Otcenas and Beethoven Mass in C, and after his debut with the Northern Sinfonia (Bach Magnificat) with Thomas Zehetmair, he was asked to sing Haydn Creation in the opening concert of the Sage Gateshead and more recently Mozart Requiem.
Other concert appearances have included Orff Carmina Burana at the 2015 BBC Proms; Beethoven Choral Fantasy at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival; Elijah with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with McCreesh; Britten Les Illuminations with the Scottish Ensemble and War Requiem in Moscow; Stravinsky Pulcinella with the BBC SSO; Messiah with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Academy of Ancient Music and at Wigmore Hall with Christian Curnyn; Bach Cantatas and Meyerbeer Emma di Resburgo at the Vienna Konzerthaus; Bach Mass in F and Easter Oratorio with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Frans Brüggen; Evangelist in Bach St Matthew and St John Passions with Al Ayre Espagnol; St John Passion (arias) with the OAE and Mark Padmore; St Matthew Passion (arias) with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and with the Gabrieli Consort; Bach B Minor Mass, Handel Jephtha, Schubert Mass in E Flat and a concert of music by Janácek with Cappella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss; Schumann Paradies und die Peri with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Chevalier in Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Edinburgh International Festival; Tippett A Child of our Time with the RPO and Sir Andrew Davis; Haydn Nelson Mass and Britten Cantata Academica with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and Jeffrey Tate.
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