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November 22, 24, 2013
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January 24, 25, 26, February 1, 2, 2014
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Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, Central City Opera
June 28-July 26, 2014
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July 5-27, 2014
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Thomas Hammons

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Thomas Hammons has been acclaimed throughout the United States, Canada, and across Europe, for the depth and richness of his portrayals and the strength and beauty of his singing. A versatile singing actor, Mr. Hammons has an active repertoire of over 60 roles maintaining equally at home in the classical buffo repertoire to the world of contemporary music, to modern musical theater.  He made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera as the Sacristan in Tosca during the 1996-97 Season, and took part in the premiere of Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of Le Nozze di Figaro. He has returned to the MET every season thereafter for numerous productions, most recently for Lulu, Le Nozze di Figaro and La Bohème.

Current and upcoming engagements include Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème with the Canadian Opera Company and Arizona Opera; Sacristan in Tosca with Dayton Opera; and the role of Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and George Benton in Dead Man Walking with Central City Opera.

 

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…superb…
Tosca - “Thomas Hammons was superb as the Sacristan, creating a complex character who balanced piety and humbleness with backbiting and mockery” -Oregon Music News 
…makes the most of the comic and musical possibilities…
Tosca - “Metropolitan Opera vet Thomas Hammons, another bass-baritone, makes the most of the comic and musical possibilities in his brief role as the fussy church Sacristan” -Oregon ArtsWatch 
…best solo singing…
Tosca - “The best solo singing came from Thomas Hammons as a snuff-taking Sacristan” -Opera News 
…stole the show…
Il barbiere di SivigliaAs Dr. Bartolo, the always-good Thomas Hammons transcended himself. His performance, the shading of the voice, the projection of the character were all pitch perfect, not one false note – pun intended – and he just about stole the show.” -Encore Michigan 
…Sonorous bass-baritone…
 Il barbiere di Siviglia“The most accomplished performance came from Thomas Hammons, who has every oafish nuance of Dr. Bartolo under his skin and in his sonorous bass-baritone. Hammons’ comic timing was ideal and his grasp of brisk vocal patterns complete.” -Cleveland Plain Dealer
…delievered the patter songs with virtuosity…
L’Elisir d’Amore - “Thomas Hammons, as Dulcamara, delivered the patter songs with virtuosity and, in a Dickensian way, made a despicable snake-oil salesman into someone we almost liked.” -Opera News
…strong bass-baritone voice…
Nixon in China- “Thomas Hammons makes the most of Chou’s counterpart Henry Kissinger, his strong bass-baritone voice balanced by an equally strong presence.” -Vancouver Sun
Composer Opera Role
Adams Death of Klinghoffer Rambo
Nixon in China Henry Kissinger
Berg Lulu Schigloch
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bottom
Billy Budd Bosun
Donizetti La Fille du Regiment Suplice
Don Pasquale Don Pasquale
L’Elisir d’Amore Dulcamara
Gilbert & Sullivan HMS Pinafore Dick Deadeye
Mikado Mikado
Giordano Andrea Chenier Fouquier-Tinville
Janacek Jenufa Mayor
Lehar The Merry Widow Baron Zeta
Massenet Werther Baliff
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Dr. Bartolo
Don Giovanni Leporello
Cosi fan Tutte Don Alfonso
Mussgorsky Boris Godunov Varlaam
Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann Crespel
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi
La Boheme Benoit, Alcindoro
Tosca Sacristan
Manon Lescaut Geronte
Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Dr. Bartolo
La Cenerentola Don Magnifico
L’Italiana in Algeri Taddeo
Verdi Falstaff Pistol
Wagner Die Mesitersinger Ortel
Composer Work
Beethoven Choral Fantasy
Symphony No. 9
Brahms Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Mozart Requiem
Schubert Mass in G
Rossini Stabat Mater
Verdi Requiem
Bass-baritone Thomas Hammons has been acclaimed throughout the United States, Canada, and across Europe, for the depth and richness of his portrayals and the strength and beauty of his singing. A versatile singing actor, Mr. Hammons has an active repertoire of over 60 roles maintaining equally at home in the classical buffo repertoire to the world of contemporary music, to modern musical theater.  He made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera as the Sacristan in Tosca during the 1996-97 Season, and took part in the premiere of Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of Le Nozze di Figaro. He has returned to the MET every season thereafter for numerous productions, most recently for Lulu, Le Nozze di Figaro and La Bohème.

Current and upcoming engagements include Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème with the Canadian Opera Company and Arizona Opera; Sacristan in Tosca with Dayton Opera; and the role of Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and George Benton in Dead Man Walking with Central City Opera.

Mr. Hammons created the role of Henry Kissinger in the world premiere of Nixon in China by John Adams for the Houston Grand Opera in 1987. His iconic portrayal of Kissinger was subsequently seen in Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, and Los Angeles, along with most recent revivals at the Canadian Opera Company, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, Vancouver Opera, and in concert with the Phoenix Symphony.  His association with John Adams has continued with his chilling portrayal of the terrorist Rambo in the inaugural performances of in The Death of Klinghoffer at the Opera de la Monnaie, Brussels, with subsequent performances in Lyon, Vienna, San Francisco, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His creations of these two seminal works can be heard on the Nonesuch recordings of Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer.

Noted engagements have included a concert version of La Bohème at The Hollywood Bowl under the baton of John Mauceri; a tour of Die Fledermaus with Seiji Ozawa in Japan; Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at Barcelona’s famed Teatro Liceu; and most recently, his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Schigolch in Lulu.  He began his career as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera in The Duchess of Malfi and has since appeared as Benoit/Alcindoro, Maharajah in Menotti’s The Last Savage, Dansker in Billy Budd, and Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore. With the Cincinnati Opera, performances have included Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème, Hermann Ortel in Der Meistersinger, Sacristan in Tosca, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Simone in Gianni Schicchi.

Additional famed performances have included Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Vancouver Opera, Opera Colorado, L’Opera de Montreal, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Cleveland, and New Orleans Opera; Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Colorado, Atlanta Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Dayton Opera; Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème with Opera Colorado, the Atlanta Opera, and the Pacific Symphony; Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore with L’Opera de Montreal, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Dayton Opera; and  Sulpice in La Fille du Régiment with L’Opera de Montreal; Sacristan in Tosca with both L’Opera de Montreal and Portland Opera; and Talpa in Il Tabarro with Opera Theatre St. Louis. Mr. Hammons is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with famed bass Italo Tajo.

 

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