KEVIN THOMPSON

BASS
Kevin Thompson

Recent engagements Opera Carolina as Zemfira’s father in Aleko, joined Opera Santa Barbara as Commendatore in Don Giovanni, performed Verdi’s Requiem with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, Wagner’s Rienzi at the Kennedy Center, Handel’s Messiah at the Strathmore, Osmin in Abduction from the Seraglio with Walnut Creek Festival, and the role of Captain in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas with the New York City Opera. Kevin began the 2014- 2015 season singing the role of Ahmed Sumani in the world premiere of Qadar at the Kennedy Center; a return engagement with Opera Santa Barbara as Sparafucile in Rigoletto; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, his debut as Osmin in Die Entfuhrung as dem Serail and the role of Mephistopheles in Faust with West Bay Opera and debuted the Santa Fe Opera as fifth Jew in Strauss’ Salome. Engagements in 2016-17 included Basilio in The Barber of Seville with Opera Hong Kong, the Mozart Requiem with Maestro David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with Tallahassee Symphony, the Old Gypsy in Aleko with the New York City Opera, and Angelotti in Tosca with Opera Tamp. In 2017-18 he will perform Thibault in The Maid of Orléans with Odyssey Opera and perform the role of Ramphis in Aida with Knoxville Opera.

In recent seasons, Mr. Thompson has appeared as Ramfis and Il Re (Aida); Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte); Mephistopheles (Faust); Oroveso (Norma); Sparafucile (Rigoletto); Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos); Lodovico (Otello); Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni); Colline (La Boheme); Crespel, Schlemil and Luther (Les Contes de Hoffman); Ned (Treemonisha); Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd); Hans Schwartz (Die Meistersinger); the Verdi Requiem; Mozart Requiem; Haydn’s The Creation and the Lord Nelson Mass; Handel’s Messiah; and, Stravinsky’s Les Noces. Performing under the baton of a distinguished roster of conductors, including Edoardo Muller, Andreas Delfs, Julian Wachner, Christopher Allen, Grant Gershon, Leon Botstien, Joel Revzen, Alexander Kalajdzic, Mark Flint, Dean Williams, David Zinmin, and the late Julius Rudel, Mr. Thompson is at home on both the opera and concert stage having performed since 2008 with the Hannover Staatsoper, Fundacion Teatro Nacional Sucre in Ecuador, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Teatro Regio Parma, Opera Kiel, the Gasteig in Munich, Wexford Opera House in Ireland, La Folle Journee, New York City Opera, Ash Lawn Music Festival, Sarasota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Knoxville Opera; and, in Augusta, Shreveport, the American Cathedral in Paris, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Pentagon and Library of Congress.