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John Charles Thomas

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Voice: Baritone
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1960

About John Charles Thomas:

John Charles Thomas (September 6, 1891 – December 13, 1960) was an American opera, operetta and concert baritone.

John Charles Thomas was born on September 6, 1891 in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. He was the son of a Methodist minister of Welsh descent while his mother, of German immigrant stock, had been an amateur singer. After studying initially for a medical career, Thomas won a scholarship to the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 1910. He remained there for two years, receiving vocal tuition from Adelin Fermin.

In 1912, Thomas left the Peabody and toured briefly with a musical troupe. He then went to live in Manhattan, New York City, where he performed with a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta company before being contracted by the Shubert brothers to perform in the show The Peasant Girl, which opened in March 1913. For the next nine years, he starred in a series of hit Broadway musicals including Her Soldier Boy, Maytime, Naughty Marietta, and Apple Blossoms (with Fred and Adele Astaire).

Thomas sang in a concert performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko at Manhattan's Carnegie Hall in December 1924. His debut in a fully staged opera occurred in March 1925, as Amonasro in a production of Verdi's Aida, presented by the semi-professional Washington National Opera.

Thomas was earning a great deal of money singing on Broadway but he wanted to gain more experience in opera. During the 1922-28 period, he spent part of each year in Europe, polishing his singing technique and appearing under contract at La Monnaie opera house in Brussels for the seasons of 1925-27. He would return to La Monnaie for 25 more performances in 1928, eight in 1930 and four in 1931. Even more importantly, he appeared with the famous Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin in productions of Faust at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in July 1928.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Il mio tesoro Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
2O du mein holder Abendstern Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wolfram
3Di provenza il mar il suol Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Alfredo
4Song of India Popularity:

Opera: SadkoComposer: Rimsky-KorsakovAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles:
5Nemico della patria Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.07

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
6Credo in un Dio crudel Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iago
7Avant de quitter ces lieux Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Valentin
8O vin dissipe la tristesse Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet
9Vision fugitive Popularity:

Opera: HérodiadeComposer: MassenetAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Hérode
10When I was a lad Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter
11Zaza piccola zingara Popularity:

Opera: ZazaComposer: LeoncavalloAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
12Salomé demande au prisonnier Popularity:

Opera: HérodiadeComposer: MassenetAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Hérode
13Salomé! Salomé! Popularity:

Opera: HérodiadeComposer: MassenetAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles:
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