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Ulysses Thomas

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 in 2008 with Opera Boston/Boston Baroque in Handel’s Semele as the High Priest. In the following season Mr. Thomas made his company debut with Boston Lyric Opera as Luther and Crespel in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. During last season Mr. Thomas created the role of Howard Rudd in the world premiere of Holy Ghosts by local composer Larry Bell and made his company debut with Opera del West as Uberto in Pergolesi's La serva padrona. Other stage credits include Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Alcindoro in La bohème, A Man with a Cornet Case in Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco, Bustamente in Massenet's La Navarraise, Rakitin in Lee Hoiby's A Month in the Country, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Collatinus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, and Pope/Cardinal B in Philip Glass's Galileo Galilei. Furthermore, Mr. Thomas has appeared as a featured artist with a number of ensembles in and around the Boston area including Boston Baroque, Masterworks Chorale, Cambridge Concentus, Exsultemus, Boston Choral Ensemble, Winsor Music Chamber Series, The Concord Chorus, Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium, Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Emmanuel Music. Mr. Thomas received his BM from Clayton State University (Morrow, GA) and his MusM from Boston University, where he is currently a doctoral student in vocal performance. 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.

 

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