Voice Teacher - Career Mentor - Artistic Consultant
American tenor Russell Thomas uses his signature elegance and intensity to create vivid character portrayals on the world’s most important stages. Hailed by critics and audiences around the world for his portrayals of heroic Verdi, Donizetti, and Mozart characters. Acclaimed for his “voice of intrinsic warmth and refined sense of style” (Opera News), he has enjoyed a string of triumphs in recent seasons, including the title roles of Otello at Washington National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Canadian Opera Company; Don Carlo at Washington National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Roberto Devereux at San Francisco Opera; Tito in La Clemenza di Tito at Los Angeles Opera, Dutch National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Salzburg Festival; Radames in Aida at the Houston Grand Opera.
Mr. Thomas has had an extensive career collaborating with some of the world’s most celebrated musicians including Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Teodor Currentzis, Ken Noda, Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, and Gianandrea Noseda.
The development of a vocal technique is a collaborative process. It requires both the student and teacher to be fully invested in discovering the best technical approach for that instrument.
Finding the right vocabulary and recognizing the learning style for that individual student is paramount. Using the most efficient vocal production is the cornerstone of Russell’s teaching. Breathing is the foundation of that efficiency.
Lessons will focus on how to use your body to best support your voice. Utilizing text to free the vocal production, particularly the purity of the vowels. Stripping away cumbersome habits that get in the way of achieving your vocal goals. Discover, collaboratively, ways to produce the cleanest possible sound and build a technique that allows you to be the best performer possible.
Career Mentoring & Artistic Consulting
A career spanning 2 decades was built through grit, determination, as well as a work ethic that places service to the music above all else.
Russell Thomas will guide artists, administrators and presenters in the best practices for developing the career or organization they desire. Being artistically honest and socially conscious is very important to building a career in the modern era.
Together, Russell and his mentors will use his years of experience, knowledge of repertoire, access to artists and administrators to plan artistic programs, strategically plan career trajectory, and develop ways to create a meaningful and socially relevant brand.
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Russell offers Vocal Masterclasses that create an opportunity for young artists to connect with an experienced industry professional in a safe environment.
The primary focus of each class is to develop and explore the elements necessary for an international operatic career as well as a comprehensive dive into performance-related topics that stimulate creative approaches to communicating through singing.
Take the opportunity to learn from a consummate professional, gain insight, and reinforce each student's technical foundation with Mr. Thomas today!