English Bass, Thomas Bennett, began singing as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford under Stephen Darlington. Thomas returned to Christ Church as a choral scholar whilst reading music at the University of Oxford. He is currently studying in Royal Academy Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is taught by Kate Paterson and Jonathan Papp. He is fortunate to be supported by the Alfred Alexander Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust. He was recently awarded the Norman McCann Award, supported by the Lucille Graham Trust.
Thomas has sung the roles of Sarastro (Magic Flute), Dr Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro), Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring). He understudied the roles of Bardolph and Mr Ford in Salieri’s Falstaff for New Chamber Opera. He has recently given oratorio performances of Haydn’s The Creation, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Semele and Mozart’s Requiem. He performed in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra live on BBC Radio 3.
More recently, he has sung the roles of Luka (The Bear) for Bloomsbury Opera, Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) for the Royal Academy of Music, Mr Ford (Sir John in Love) and Dr. Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Royal Academy Opera scenes and understudied the role of Seneca (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for Royal Academy Opera.
In the coming months, he will be performing the role of Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) for Royal Academy Opera. He will also be giving a joint recital of Loewe Balladen in December for Royal Academy Song Circle.