Florian Thomas is an Austrian tenor, performing as a soloist in mass and oratorio, concert and operatic repertoire, as well as regularly giving Lieder recitals in Austria and in the UK. He was recently the tenor soloist in Richard Blackford’s cantata Voices of Exile with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, conducted by Gavin Carr and in August 2016 he sang Don José (Carmen), for the Dartington festival conducted by David Angus. He will shortly be performing Schubert’s Lieder cycle Die Winterreise in Oxford where he is based, together with the acclaimed Argentine pianist Alberto Portugheis.
Florian started his musical education as a boy soprano, and during the years of voice change he studied both French horn and law. He then returned to study singing and pedagogy at the Conservatory of Wiener Neustadt, and completed a master of musicology degree in Schubert Lied. Florian studied Lied and Oratorio with Robert Holl and Anton Scharinger at the University of Vienna. In 2012 he began working with Janice Chapman, and in the same year he was selected for the Wagner International Singing Competition in Bayreuth.
Florian is currently coached by Paul Farrington in London. Florian has extensive experience on the operatic stage, having performed with both the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor between 2007 and 2016. Under conductors such as Peter Schneider, Kirill Petrenko, Ingo Metzmacher, Asher Fish and Franz Welser Möst, Florian has performed a great many minor roles; Leopold (“Der Rosenkavalier”), Ambrogio (“Il barbiere di Sevilla”), Guard (“From the house of the Dead”), Mill worker (“Lady Macbeth from Mzensk”), Deputato (“Don Carlo”), Customs Sergeant (“La bohème”) among them. A member of the Hofmusikkapelle Wien, he also sang as a soloist with conductors including Franz Welser- Möst, Erwin Ortner and Johannes Prinz. He also performed regularly as a soloist in masses and oratorios for Dommusik St. Stefan Wien, Dommusik Wiener Neustadt, Dommusik Graz.
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