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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 spanning a variety of genres from the classical buffo repertoire, to the world of contemporary music, to modern musical theater.  He made his début at The Metropolitan Opera as Sacristan in Tosca during the 1996-97 Season, and took part in the première of Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of Le nozze di Figaro. He has returned to The Met in over 250 performances since, most recently for Lulu, Le nozze di Figaro, and La bohème.

 

Nov
2014

Nov-21
to
Nov-23
The Magic Flute
Speaker
Dayton Opera
Dayton, OH
Jan
2015

Jan-16
to
Jan-18
La bohème
Benoit/Alcindoro
Palm Beach Opera
Palm Beach, FL
Feb
2015

Feb-27
to
Mar-01
Dead Man Walking
Warden George Benton
Dayton Opera
Dayton, OH
May
2015

May-01
to
May-03
Tosca
Sacristan
Orlando Philharmonic
Orlando, FL
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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 Don Pasquale Title role
L’elisir d’amore Dottore Dulcamara
La fille du régiment Suplice
Gilbert & Sullivan H.M.S. Pinafore Dick Deadeye
The Mikado Title role
Giordano Andrea Chénier Fouquier Tinville
Janáček Jenůfa Mayor
Lehár The Merry Widow Baron Zeta
Massenet Werther Le Bailli
Mozart Così fan tutte Don Alfonso
Don Giovanni Leporello
Le nozze di Figaro Bartolo
Mussgorsky Boris Godunov Varlaam
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann Crespel
Puccini La bohème Benoit, Alcindoro
Gianni Schicchi Title role
Manon Lescaut Geronte
Tosca Sacristan
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Bartolo
La Cenerentola Don Magnifico
L’italiana in Algeri Taddeo
Verdi Falstaff Pistola
Wagner Die Mesitersinger Ortel
Composer Work  
Beethoven Choral Fantasy
Ninth Symphony
Brahms Requiem
Händel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Mozart Requiem
Rossini Stabat Mater
Schubert Mass in G
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 spanning a variety of genres from the classical buffo repertoire, to the world of contemporary music, to modern musical theater.  He made his début at The Metropolitan Opera as Sacristan in Tosca during the 1996-97 Season, and took part in the première of Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of Le nozze di Figaro. He has returned to The Met in over 250 performances since, most recently for Lulu, Le nozze di Figaro, and La bohème.

This season, Mr. Hammons returns to Dayton Opera as George in Dead Man Walking and Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, reprises the role of Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera;and performs Sacristan in Tosca with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Hammons created the role of Henry Kissinger in the world première 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.

Recently, Hammons appeared in his signature role of Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Michigan Opera Theatre and New Orleans Opera;as Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème with the Canadian Opera Company and Arizona Opera; Sacristan in Tosca with Portland Opera and Dayton Opera; Talpa in Il tabarro with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro and George Benton in Dead Man Walking with Central City Opera. Favorite 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; Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro at Barcelona’s famed Teatro Liceu; and most recently, his début with Lyric Opera of Chicago 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 in La bohème, Maharajah in Menotti’s The Last Savage, Dansker in Billy Budd, and Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore. With Cincinnati Opera, performances include Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème, Hermann Ortel in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Sacristan in Tosca, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Simone in Gianni Schicchi.

Additional notable performances include Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Vancouver Opera, Opera Colorado, Opéra de Montréal, and Opera Cleveland; 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 Opéra de Montréal, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Dayton Opera; and  Sulpice in La fille du régiment with Opéra de Montréal. Mr. Hammons is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with renowned bass Italo Tajo.

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