Ulysses Thomas, Bass-Baritone
Hailed as "compelling to watch" (Tufts Daily) and praised for his "rich bass-baritone voice and eloquent projection" (Lawrence Budmen, writer and music consultant), Ulysses Thomas made his professional debut with Opera Boston/Boston Baroque in Handel's Semele as the High Priest, followed by his company debut with Boston Lyric Opera as Luther and Crespel in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. Most recently, Mr. Thomas appeared as Antinoo in Boston Baroque's acclaimed production of Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, of which the audio recording recieved two Grammy nominations (Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album, Classical). Other stage highlights include Uberto in Pergolesi's La serva padrona, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Alcindoro in La bohème, Bustamente in Massenet's La Navarraise, Rakitin in Lee Hoiby's A Month in the Country, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and Collatinus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.
Apart from the operatic stage, Mr. Thomas has appeared as a featured artist with a number of ensembles including Exsultemus, Dedham Choral Society, Susquehanna Valley Chorale, The Spectrum Singers, Masterworks Chorale, Musica Sacra, Cambridge Community Chorus, Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, The Concord Chorus, Cambridge Concentus, Newburyport Choral Society, Boston Choral Ensemble, and Emmanuel Music. Amongst his honors and awards, Mr. Thomas spent two summers as a vocal fellow at Tanglewood Music Center was a finalist in the 2001 Orpheus National Competition for Vocalists, where he received the Richard Strauss Award.