Born in London, Tenor Thomas Elwin studied at the Royal Academy of Music. A former boy-chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Thomas performed extensively as a treble soloist both in the UK and abroad, at venues including Tokyo Opera City, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, on Classic FM, BBC2 and on Radio 3. An alumnus of the Solti Accademia Bel Canto and the Verbier Academy, Thomas was a member of the opera studio at Oper Stuttgart for the 2014/15 season. With his warm, lyric Tenor voice, Thomas is gaining reputation both in the UK and abroad.
Whilst a member of the opera studio at Oper Stuttgart in 2014/15, Thomas performed roles in seven operas, including Officer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Kuska (Khovanshchina), Adballo (Nabucco), Borsa (Rigoletto) and jumping in to sing the final two performances as Ferrando in a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. During his studies, roles included Tamino (Die Zauberflote), Ernesto (La Vera Constanza), Madwoman (Curlew River), Nemorino (L’Elisir D’amore) and excerpts as Duca (Rigoletto) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni).
Performances on stage in 2015/16 included a return to Oper Stuttgart as Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Nathanael (Contes D’Hoffman), Kuska (Khovanshchina) and Borsa (Rigoletto). In February 2016 Thomas sang his first Belmonte (Die Entufuhrung aus dem Serail) in a new production by Sigrid Herzog at the Vorarlberg Landestheater.
Recent and future highlights include Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte) for Oper Stuttgart and Teatro Barocco, cover and sing Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for English National Opera, Telemaco (Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria) for The Grange Festival, Alfredo (The Mountebanks) by Cellier in a World Premiere recording with the BBC concert Orchestra and BBC singers, Fracasso(La Finta Semplice) with Classical Opera, Sam Kaplan / Street Scene for Oper Köln, Jacquino / Fidelio for the Landestheater in Bregenz and his BBC Proms début in a concert singing excerpts from Passions across the centuries.
Thomas was made an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company for the 2017/18 season.
On the concert platform Thomas has performed extensively as a soloist across Europe. Recent and future performances include Bach Passions (both arias and as Evangelist) in St. Alban’s Abbey, at the LutherKirche in Bad Canstatt and in Zaragoza, Messiah at Liederhalle Stuttgart with the International Bach Akademie, Stuttgart, in Manchester Cathedral and at the Leith Hill Festival, Messiah with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Odense, Denmark and with the Ulster Orchestra, Britten Serenade at Kings Place, London, and in the Duke’s Hall with Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Further performed repertoire includes Messa di Gloria (Puccini), Jephtha (Handel), Nocturne (Britten), Elijah (Mendelssohn) and Creation (Haydn).
Thomas has an extensive recital repertoire, including performances of works by Schumann (Dichterliebe), Strauss, Britten (Winter Words), Tippett (Heart’s Assurance) and Liszt (Petrarch Sonnets). Appearances include a Christmas Lieder programme at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Verdi and Wagner songs with Song in the City, at the Austrian Cultural Forum with the Royal Academy Song circle and a solo recital as part of the Masters series at the Gresham Centre. Future plans include a debut recital recording of Bellini and Donizetti songs and a second recording featuring songs by Hahn, Duparc and Liszt.
Whilst at the Royal Academy, Thomas was a Leverhulme foundation award holder. Further scholarships and awards included a Kathleen Trust award, the Sally Ferrey Scholaship, the Drapers company scholarship and support from a number of generous private supporters, for which Thomas is very grateful.
Thomas lives in Herefordshire with his wife and black labrador and enjoys films, most sports and following the mixed fortunes of West Ham United.