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Elgan Llŷr Thomas

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Artist Manager: Sioned Jones sioned.jones@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Personal Website: http://www.elganthomas.co.uk/


Elgan Llŷr Thomas joined Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist this season and made his company and role début as Nemorino in their touring production of The Elixir of Love. 

During his time on The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London’s prestigious Opera Course, Elgan won the 2015 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award and the Kerry-Keane Prize and Audience Prize at the 2015 Les Azuriales Opera Young Artists programme in Nice. He is also one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. Recent engagements include Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Mananan International Festival of Music and Arts, Florindo in Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose and Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This summer he understudied the role of Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera.

Welsh tenor, Elgan Llŷr Thomas joined Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist this season and made his company and role début as Nemorino in their touring production of The Elixir of Love. 

Originally from North Wales, Elgan graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and subsequently completed his M.A. degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He completed his studies on the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's prestigious Opera Course in 2016, where his studies were kindly supported by the George and Charlotte Balfour Award and a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Opera Award.

Elgan won the 2015 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, the Kerry-Keane Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2015 Les Azuriales Opera Young Artists programme in Nice. In May 2012, Elgan became one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. He followed this by winning four major competitions for under twenty five years of age at the 2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales, namely the Blue Riband Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize, the Operatic Solo Competition, the Welsh Solo Competition and the Music Theatre Solo Competition. He was also awarded the David Lloyd and Jean Skidmore Memorial prize for the most promising tenor at the Eisteddfod and the London Male Choir Scholarship. During his first year at the RNCM, he won the Elsie Thurston Prize and represented the College at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award in October 2009 and the Clonter Opera Prize in 2012.

This summer Elgan understudied the role of Lensky in Garsington Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin. Other operatic performances include Florindo in Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose and Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Mananan International Festival of Music. He performed the role of Johnny Inkslinger in the Welsh National Youth Opera’s Britten Centenary production of Paul Bunyan to critical acclaim and the Title Role in the RNCM’s production of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. He performed Macduff in Macbeth and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for OPRA Cymru, understudied the roles of Binet in Vert-Vert and Selimo in Maometto Secondo for Garsington Opera and Lampwick in the GSMD’s production of The Adventures of Pinocchio.

Concert highlights include a concert with Bryn Terfel at Bangor University and tenor solo in Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, Mass for Peace with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. He also sang the tenor solo in Tippett’s A Child of our Time at the Dartington International Summer Festival, conducted by Paul McCreesh. Elgan is a familiar face on Welsh language television channel, S4C and performed in duet with Bryn Terfel on his 2010 Christmas TV show, Nadolig Bryn Terfel. Future engagements include performing the role of Fenton in a concert performance of Falstaff with the Cambridge Philharmonic Society and Titorelli/Flogger/Berthold in Philip Glass's opera, The Trial with Scottish Opera. 


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25/02/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Community Arts Centre, Nairne, IV12 4BQ
28/02/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Durness Village Hall, IV27 4QA
02/03/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Ardross Community Hall, IV17 OXW
04/03/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Dalyrymple Hall, Fraseerburgh, AB43 9BD
07/03/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Lanark Memorial Hall, ML11 7AB
09/03/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Strathmiglo Village Hall
11/03/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Brodick Public Hall, Isle of Arran, KA27 8DL
14/03/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at McLaren Hall, Killin, Stirling FK21
16/03/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Regal Community Theatre, Bathgate, EH48 4PS
18/03/2017Tenor soloist in Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights Tour' at Sunart Centre, Stronian, PH36 4JA
25/03/2017Soloist in an Opera Gala with the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra at Xi'an Concert Hall, China. 19:30
14/04/2017Tenor soloist in Handel's 'Messiah' with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini, under the baton of David Jackson at the Teatro Bellini, Sicily
15/04/2017Tenor soloist in Handel's 'Messiah' with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini, under the baton of David Jackson at the Teatro Bellini, Sicily
04/06/2017Soloist in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Liverpool Welsh Choral, Birmingham Festival Choral Society and the Belvedere Chamber Choir at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. 14:30
Bach Cantata BWV 134
Bizet Te Deum
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
Byrd Mass for Four Voices
Dvorák Mass in D Major
Handel Acis and Galatea
Handel Israel in Egypt
Handel Judas Maccabeus
Handel Messiah
Handel Samson
Haydn Creation
Jenkins The Armed Man - Mass for Peace
Mendelssohn Elijah
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Tippett A Child of our Time
Bach
Cantata BWV 134
Bizet
Te Deum
Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb
Byrd
Mass for Four Voices
Dvorák
Mass in D Major
Handel
Acis and Galatea
Handel
Israel in Egypt
Handel
Judas Maccabeus
Handel
Messiah
Handel
Samson
Haydn
Creation
Jenkins
The Armed Man - Mass for Peace
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle
Tippett
A Child of our Time
Beethoven FidelioJaquino
Britten Albert HerringTitle Role
Britten Paul BunyanInkslinger
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamLysander
Britten The Rape of LucretiaMale Chorus
Donizetti L’Elisir d’AmoreNemorino
Gounod Roméo et JulietteRomeo
Jonathan Dove The Adventures of PinocchioLampwick
Monteverdi Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in PatriaTelemaco
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
Offenbach Vert-VertBinet
Rossini Il Barbiere di SivigliaCount Almaviva
Rossini Maometto SecondoSelimo
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginLensky
Verdi MacbethMacduff
Wolf-Ferrari Le donne curioseFlorindo
Beethoven
Fidelio
Jaquino
Britten
Albert Herring
Title Role
Britten
Paul Bunyan
Inkslinger
Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lysander
Britten
The Rape of Lucretia
Male Chorus
Donizetti
L’Elisir d’Amore
Nemorino
Gounod
Roméo et Juliette
Romeo
Jonathan Dove
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Lampwick
Monteverdi
Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
Telemaco
Mozart
Così fan tutte
Ferrando
Offenbach
Vert-Vert
Binet
Rossini
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Count Almaviva
Rossini
Maometto Secondo
Selimo
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Lensky
Verdi
Macbeth
Macduff
Wolf-Ferrari
Le donne curiose
Florindo

Opera

The Trial

Titorelli in The Trial for Scottish Opera, January 2017
Seen and Heard International
Elgan Llŷr Thomas made a strong impression in the comic role of Titorelli the painter.

The Elixir of Love

Nemorino in The Elixir of Love for Scottish Opera, September 2016
Opera
At fights sight her [Ellie Laugharne] 'upstairs' Adina and the 'downstairs' Nemorino of Elgan Llŷr Thomas made an unlikely couple, but Thomas, the latest beneficiary of the company's Emerging Artist's programme, gained in stature as the evening progressed. What impressed was his winning smile, the sweet simplicity of his vocal address and his Italianate colouring of the singing line (no affected swooping).
Nemorino in The Elixir of Love for Scottish Opera, September 2016
Herald Scotland
Scottish Opera's emerging artist Elgan Llŷr Thomas gives a persuasive and tender depiction of Adina's lover, Nemorino.
Nemorino in The Elixir of Love for Scottish Opera, September 2016
The Scotsman
Elgan Llŷr Thomas’ love struck Nemorino is as ardent and persistent as the testosterone tormenting his youthful body.
Nemorino in The Elixir of Love for Scottish Opera, September 2016
Glasgow Theatre Blog
Elgan Llŷr Thomas is thoroughly appealing as our love-lorn hero Nemorino and his show-stopping Una furtiva lagrima (one single tear falls silently) is a real crowd-pleaser.

Madama Butterfly

Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Bury Court Opera, March 2016
Opera Now
Elgan Llŷr Thomas performed Pinkerton as if he had been singing the role all his life.
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Burry Court Opera, March 2016
Opera
The youthful brightness and energy of Thomas's singing in Act 1 conveyed optimism rather than mere cockiness.
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Bury Court Opera, March 2016
Seen and Heard International
RNCM and Guildhall-trained Elgan Llyr Thomas was wholly sufficient both vocally and in the restrained acting the role requires. Pinkerton has to have poetry about him to match the poetic dreams of Butterfly, and offset the stolidity of the naval officer. All this was forthcoming.

The Rape of Lucretia

Male Chorus in the Guildhall School's production of The Rape of Lucretia
musicOMH
As the Male Chorus, Elgan Thomas reveals a striking tenor and excellent enunciation.

Le Donne Curiose

Florindo in the Guildhall School's production of Le Donne Curiose, November 2015
The Arts Desk
…..while a chance to see Wolf-Ferrari’s patchily inspired comedy Le donne curiose (aka The Nosy Wives of Venice) very humorously staged at the Guildhall School was enriched by a natural Welsh lyric tenor, Elgan Thomas.
Florindo in the Guildhall School's production of Le Donne Curiose, November 2015
The Arts Desk
Vocally, second-cast tenor Elgan Thomas steals the show here: he’s a fully-fledged tenore di grazia who can both grandstand, at least as much as the composer lets him, and sing sweet, soft nothings as girlfriend Rosaura (Nicola Said) hands him the lunchtime plates to dry.

Paul Bunyan

Johnny Inkslinger in Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera
The Arts Desk
Elgan Llyr Thomas is highly convincing as Jonny Inkslinger
Johnny Inkslinger in Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera
Seen and Heard
As Johnny Inkslinger, the intellectual drawn into the business world, Elgan Llyr Thomas gave a performance of high intelligence in a well-controlled and purposeful light tenor voice.
Johnny Inkslinger in Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera
The Guardian
Bunyan may loom largest, but Johnny Inkslinger – a cipher for Auden himself – is the main focus, and here Elgan Llyr Thomas's tenor shone out as a real hope for the future.
Johnny Inkslinger in Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera
The Good Review
Elgan Llyr Thomas makes an impeccable Jonny Inkslinger; the independent wannabe novelist who arrives at Paul Bunyan’s logging camp in search of food.

Macbeth

Macduff in Macbeth for Opra Cymru, September 2013
TheatreWales.co.uk
The emotional peak is the lament by Elgan Thomas, as Macduff, over the deaths of his family.

Albert Herring

Title Role in Albert Herring for the Royal Northern College of Music
The Times
Elgan Thomas is an outstanding Albert. He makes the role very much his own…. A dark inner rage colours Thomas's robust tenor; he becomes menacing in his cups; and he finally delivers a full-frontal Freudian verbal assault on his unsuspecting mother.
Title Role in Albert Herring for the Royal Northern College of Music
Seen and Heard International
Elgan Thomas as Albert was outstanding as singer and actor, portraying both the role of conformist, browbeaten son of the opening acts, as well as the wayward who goes on a spree with his prize money, to near perfection. His strong tenor voice had the requisite clarity to go along with his acted conviction.
Title Role in Albert Herring for the Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester Theatre Awards
But the singers are the main thing, in particular Elgan Thomas. The young Welshman has a very fine tenor timbre, and his acting made Albert into someone who, though put-upon, had steel in his soul and was nobody's fool.

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