Biography

The Icelandic bass-baritone, Tómas Tómasson, studied at the Reykjavik College of Music and at the Royal College of Music in London, where he graduated with distinction. His vast repertoire ranges from Monteverdi, Verdi and Puccini, Wagner and Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev to Zemlinsky and Glass.

He made his role debut in the Heldenbariton repertoire as Tomsky/The Queen of Spades at Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, followed by the title roles of Der fliegende Holländer (also at Théâtre de la Monnaie) and Wozzeck at Opéra National de Lorraine Nancy.

Over the course of his career, Tómasson performed at renowned houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Dresden Semperoper, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, State Opera Hamburg, Opera Cologne, Teatro dell‘Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio Turin, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Teatro Real de Madrid, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, Lyric Opera Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera.

He collaborated with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Simone Young, René Jacobs, Stefan Soltesz, Hartmut Haenchen, Mark Elder, Carlo Rizzi, James Conlon, Juraj Valčuha, Ingo Metzmacher, Jakub Hrůša, Lorin Maazel and Semyon Bychkov.

Highlights of the past include Klingsor/Parsifal at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim and at the Lyric Opera Chicago, Jochanaan/Salome, Kunrad/Feuersnot and Holländer/Der fliegende Holländer at the Dresden Semperoper, Wotan/Das Rheingold/Walküre at Ópera de Oviedo, Wanderer/Siegfried at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Tomsky/The Queen of Spades at the Vienna State Opera and at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Hans Sachs/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Komische Oper Berlin, the title role in Reimann‘s Lear at Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Frankfurt and the Hungarian State Opera Budapest, Telramund/Lohengrin at Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Dino in the world premiere of Beat Furrer‘s La Bianca Notte at the State Opera Hamburg, as well as Amfortas in the controversial world premiere of Jonathan Meese’s Mondparsifal Alpha 1-8 at the Wiener Festwochen under Simone Young, and Mondparsifal Beta 9-23 at the Berliner Festwochen.
The most recents highlights on the opera stage were Holländer/Der fliegende Holländer and Wotan/Die Walküre in Bari, Wotan//Wanderer in Wagner‘s Ring as well as Dikoy in Janáček’s Katia Kabanova at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Wotan/Die Walküre and Tomsky/The Queen of Spades at Teatro di San Carlo Naples, Amfortas and Klingsor/Parsifal at the Hungarian State Opera Budapest, Amfortas/Parsifal in Palermo, Herrscher/Das Wunder der Heliane in Antwerp and Gent, Dr. Kolenaty in Janáček‘s The Makropulos Affair at Opera Zurich (staging: Dmitri Tcherniakov), Samson et Dalila at the Washington National Opera, the world premiere of Péter Eötvös’ new opera „Sleepless“/Man in Black at Staatsoper Unter den Linden with revivals in Geneva and Budapest, Orest/Elektra at Paris’ Opéra Bastille (Robert Carsen/Semyon Bychkov) and at the Irish National Opera in Dublin, where he also celebrated his role debut as Scarpia/Tosca, Napoleon in Prokofiev’s War and Peace as well as the title role in Reimann’s Lear at the Bavarian State Opera, and most recently Jochanaan in Strauss’ Salome in Tokyo.
 
On the concert stage he sang Verdi’s Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, as well as Mahler’s Symphony No 8.

Projects of the season 2023/24 include Klingsor /Parsifal in Hannover, Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio at Berlin State Opera, Jochanaan /Salome at the Irish National Opera, Jaroslav Prus in Janáček’s The Makropulos Case in Lyon, Wegener in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in concert with the Gürzenich-Orchester, Löwel Perl in Krzysztof Penderecki’s The Black Mask in concert with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Alberich in Wagner’s Ring with the Dallas Symphony and Fabio Luisi.

Management

General Management

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Ingunn Sighvatsdóttir
Artist Manager
ingunn@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-2 067 821

Repertoire

Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. Christmas Oratorio
  Magnificat
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no 9
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Cherubini Missa solemnis in d-moll
Dvorak Requiem
  Stabat Mater
Elgar The Apostles
Händel Dettinger Te Deum
Haydn The Creation
  Nelson Messe
  The Seasons
Honegger Cantate de Noêl
Mahler Symphony no 8
Mozart Mass in c minor
  Requiem
Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri
Tippett A Child of our Time
Verdi Requiem
 

Repertoire Opera

Balada Faust-bal Mefistófeles
Beethoven Fidelio Don Pizarro
Bellini Norma Oroveso
  La sonnambula Conte Rodolfo
Berg Wozzeck Wozzeck
Berlioz Les Troyens Panthée
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Snug
  Peter Grimes Hobson
Donizetti L'elisir d'Amore Dulcamara
  Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo
Eötvös Sleepless (UA) Man in black
Furrer La bianca notte Dino
Glass Akhnaten Aye
  Orphee Judge
Händel Alcina Melisso
  Semele Cadmus/Somnus
Hindemith Das Nusch Nuschi Kyce Wang/Zeremonienmeister
  Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen 2. Krieger
Janacek The Makropulos Case Dr. Kolenaty
  Katia Kabanova Dikoj
Korngold Das Wunder der Heliane Herrscher
Lang Parzefool Amphortas
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Tonio
Marschner Der Vampyr Lord Ruthven
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Alfio
Massenet Werther Le Bailli
Monteverdi Orfeo Plutone
  Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Antinoo/Tempo
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni
    Il Commendatore
    Masetto
  Così fan tutte Don Alfonso
  Die Zauberflöte Sarastro
  La clemenza di Tito Publio
  Zaide Osmin
Mussorgski Boris Godunow Pimen
  Sorochinski Fair Cherevik
Prokofiev The FIery Angel Ruprecht
  The Love for Three Oranges King of Clubs
  War and Peace Napoleon
Puccini La bohème Colline
  Tosca Scarpia
Reimann Lear Lear
Ruzicka Celan Der Ober, ein Mann
Saint-Saens Samson et Dalila Abimélech
    Grand Prêtre de Dagon
Schostakowitsch Lady Macbeth von Mzensk Boris
    Pope
Sommerro Eystein av Nidaros Kong Sverre
Strauss, R. Arabella Graf Waldner
  Ariadne auf Naxos Truffaldino
  Elektra Orest
  Feuersnot Kunrad
  Salome Jochanaan
Tchaikovsky Mazeppa Mazeppa
  Queen of Spades Tomsky
  Eugene Onegin Gremin
Verdi Rigoletto Rigoletto
    Sparafucile
  Don Carlos Filippo II
    Grand Inquisitore
    Frate
  La traviata Giorgio Germont
  Il trovatore Conte di Luna
    Ferrando
  Nabucco Zaccaria
  La forza del Destino Il Marchese di Calatrava
  Otello Lodovico
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Holländer
  Lohengrin Telramund
  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Hans Sachs
    Hans Foltz
    Veit Pogner
  Das Rheingold Wotan
    Fasolt
    Fafner
  Die Walküre Wotan
  Siegfried Wanderer
    Fafner
  Tristan und Isolde Kurwenal
  Parsifal Amfortas
    Klingsor
Weber Der Freischütz Kuno
Zemlinsky Der König Kandaules Philebos/Koch

News

Impressionistic dystopia in Cologne, Hamburg and Paris
The audience can expect an extremely interesting and extraordinary evening when the renowned Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and a large ensemble of soloists bring Bernd Alois Zimmermann's dystopian music theatre work "Die Soldaten" into the concert hall!
In co-operation with the Cologne Opera and the director Calixto Bieito, a concept was developed which, according to the director himself, is to be seen more as an "installation" than a staging in the conventional sense.

Under the musical direction of General Music Director François-Xavier Roth and with Tómas Tómasson (Wesener), Alexandra Ionis (Stolzius' mother) and Miljenko Turk (Haudy) as part of the ensemble, among others, the extraordinary production can first be experienced on 18 January 2024 in the Cologne Philharmonie, followed by performances in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (21 January) and the Philharmonie de Paris (28 January)
 
More information about the production:
www.guerzenich-orchester.de/... 

Press

 

War & Peace / Bayerische Staatsoper München /
08.03.23 / seenandheard-international.com


"Tómas Tómasson was a stunning Napoleon, vocally and theatrically."

Tosca / Irish National Opera /
13.07.22 / theartsreview.com


"bass-baritone Tómas Tómasson's superb Scarpia steals the show" 

Tosca / Irish National Opera /
12.07.22 / nomoreworkhorse.com


"Tómas Tómasson was excellent as the wicked Scarpia, exuding a suitable chilling persona" 

Samson et Dalila / Washington National Opera /
02.03.20 / dctheatrescene.com


"with a dark vocal richness and impressive stage presence, he makes his mark in the work" 

Samson et Dalila / Washington National Opera /
02.03.20 / washingtonclassicalreview.com


"displayed the best French pronounciation as well as a glossy, polished tone" 

Siegfried / Grand Théâtre de Genève /
20.03.19 / klassik-begeistert.de


"der mit seiner mächtigen Stimme schon als Wotan für sich einnahm" 

Die Walküre / Grand Théâtre de Genève /
16.03.19 / klassik-begeistert.de


"Was Lang und Tómasson hier aufbieten, wenn sie um ihre Positionen ringen[...] ist großes, packendes Theater" 

Das Rheingold / Grand Théâtre de Genève /
14.02.19 / olyrix.com


"sa voix emplit totalement le rôle" 

Das Rheingold / Grand Théâtre de Genève /
12.02.19 / opera-online.com


"avec une voix très assurée et d'une mâle beauté" 

Das Rheingold / Grand Théâtre de Genève /
12.02.19 / forumopera.com


"un Wotan tour à tour veule et impérieux, vocalement très convaincant" 
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