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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

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


2017/18 English National Opera Harewood Artist, Elgan Llŷr Thomas is an exciting, engaging performer with natural charm. On demand on the concert platform and opera stage, he has performed in the UK, Europe and China.

2017/18 English National Opera Harewood Artist, Elgan Llŷr Thomas will make his ENO début at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw. He will subsequently make his stage début at the London Coliseum as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, having covered the role of Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville there earlier this season.

This summer, he will perform the role of Johnny Inkslinger in Britten’s Paul Bunyan for the company and next year he will make his role début as Tom Rakewell in a semi-staged performance of The Rake’s Progress with the Equilibrium Young Artists, conducted by founder and soprano, Barbara Hannigan.   

2017/18 was a season of débuts for Elgan with his house début as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Séville at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris and role début as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos for Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park. 

In 2016, Elgan joined Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist and made his company and role début as Nemorino in their touring production of The Elixir of Love. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and London’s  Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Elgan’s operatic roles include Spoletta in a semi-staged concert performance of Tosca at the 2017 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Sir Bryn Terfel and Kristine Opolais; Lindoro in The Italian Girl in Algiers and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Mananan International Festival; Fenton in a semi-staged performance of Falstaff with the Cambridge Philharmonic Society; Titorelli/Flogger/Berthold in The Trial for Scottish Opera; Macduff in Macbeth and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for OPRA Cymru and he has also covered the roles of Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Binet in Vert-Vert and Selimo in Maometto Secondo for Garsington Opera. Other operatic performances include Florindo in Le donne curiose and Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Title Role in Albert Herring and Lampwick in The Adventures of Pinocchio for the Royal Northern College of Music and Johnny Inkslinger in the Welsh National Youth Opera’s Britten Centenary production of Paul Bunyan.

On demand on the concert platform, Elgan has performed in a Gala Concert with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China; Orbin in Elgar’s Caractacus with the Opera North Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins; Sir Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, Mass for Peace with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composer at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall; Tippett’s A Child of our Time at the Dartington International Summer Festival, conducted by Paul McCreesh and a concert with Sir Bryn Terfel at Bangor University. Future engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Hannigan at the DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen.

Elgan is a recipient of a 2017/18 Opera Awards Foundation Bursary. Other awards include 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 and the 2012 Clonter Opera Prize. He has also had considerable success at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and during his first year at the RNCM, he represented the College at the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award and won the Elsie Thurston Prize. He is one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation.

Elgan is a familiar face on Welsh language television channel, S4C and performed a duet with Sir Bryn Terfel on his 2010 Christmas TV show, Nadolig Bryn Terfel

He has released an album of Welsh Songs called Llwybrau’n Cân on the SAIN label and in 2017 recorded songs by Gareth Glyn on the album Caneuon Gareth Glyn, again for SAIN.


 


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DateDetails
19/07/2018

Ariadne auf Naxos
Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park
Role: Brighella
Conductor: Brad Cohen
Opera Holland Park, London, England. 19:30
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21/07/2018

Ariadne auf Naxos
Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park
Role: Brighella
Conductor: Brad Cohen
Opera Holland Park, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

25/07/2018

Ariadne auf Naxos
Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park
Role: Brighella
Conductor: Brad Cohen
Opera Holland Park, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

27/07/2018

Ariadne auf Naxos
Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park
Role: Brighella
Conductor: Brad Cohen
Opera Holland Park, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

03/09/2018

Paul Bunyan
English National Opera
Role: Johnny Inkslinger
Conductor: Matthew Kofi Waldren
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

04/09/2018

Paul Bunyan
English National Opera
Role: Johnny Inkslinger
Conductor: Matthew Kofi Waldren
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

05/09/2018

Paul Bunyan
English National Opera
Role: Johnny Inkslinger
Conductor: Matthew Kofi Waldren
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

07/09/2018

Paul Bunyan
English National Opera
Role: Johnny Inkslinger
Conductor: Matthew Kofi Waldren
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

08/09/2018

Paul Bunyan
English National Opera
Role: Johnny Inkslinger
Conductor: Matthew Kofi Waldren
Coliseum, London, England. 14:00/ 19:00
Tickets

14/09/2018

Don Pasquale
Mananan Opera
Role: Ernesto
Musical Director: Caroline Dowdle
Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man. 19:30
Tickets

15/09/2018

Don Pasquale
Mananan Opera
Role: Ernesto
Musical Director: Caroline Dowdle
Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man. 19:30
Tickets

25/10/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

30/10/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

02/11/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

07/11/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

09/11/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

15/11/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

24/11/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

30/11/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

05/12/2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
English National Opera
Role: Normanno
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Coliseum, London, England. 19:30
Tickets

03/02/2019

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Role: Almaviva
Conductor: Marc Leroy-Calatayud
Opéra National de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France. 15:00
Tickets

05/02/2019

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Role: Almaviva
Conductor: Marc Leroy-Calatayud
Opéra National de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France. 20:00
Tickets

07/02/2019

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Role: Almaviva
Conductor: Marc Leroy-Calatayud
Opéra National de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France. 20:00
Tickets

11/02/2019

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Role: Almaviva
Conductor: Marc Leroy-Calatayud
Opéra National de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France. 20:00
Tickets

13/02/2019

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Role: Almaviva
Conductor: Marc Leroy-Calatayud
Opéra National de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France. 20:00
Tickets

25/03/2019

The Rake's Progress
Equilibrium Young Artists
Role: Tom Rakewell
Conductor: Barbara Hannigan
Klarafestival, Place de la Monnaie, Belgium. 20:00
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26/03/2019

The Rake's Progress
Equilibrium Young Artists
Role: Tom Rakewell
Conductor: Barbara Hannigan
Klarafestival, Place de la Monnaie, Belgium. 20:00
Tickets

18/04/2019

Mozart's Requiem
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Barbara Hannigan
DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark. 19:30
Tickets

20/04/2019

Mozart's Requiem
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Barbara Hannigan
DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark. 19:30
Tickets

Bach Cantata BWV 134
Bizet Te Deum
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
Byrd Mass for Four Voices
Dvorák Mass in D Major
Elgar CaractacusOrbin
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
Elgar
Caractacus
Orbin
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
Britten Albert HerringTitle Role
Britten Paul BunyanInkslinger
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamLysander
Britten The Rape of LucretiaMale Chorus
Britten The Turn Of The ScrewPeter Quint / Prologue
Donizetti L’Elisir d’AmoreNemorino
Donizetti Don PasqualeErnesto
Glass The TrialTitorelli/ Flogger/ Berthold
Jonathan Dove The Adventures of PinocchioLampwick
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
Puccini ToscaSpoletta
Rossini Il Barbiere di SivigliaCount Almaviva
Rossini The Italian Girl in AlgiersLindoro
Rossini Maometto SecondoSelimo
Strauss, Richard Ariadne auf NaxosBrighella
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginLensky
Verdi FalstaffFenton
Wolf-Ferrari Le donne curioseFlorindo
Britten
Albert Herring
Title Role
Britten
Paul Bunyan
Inkslinger
Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lysander
Britten
The Rape of Lucretia
Male Chorus
Britten
The Turn Of The Screw
Peter Quint / Prologue
Donizetti
L’Elisir d’Amore
Nemorino
Donizetti
Don Pasquale
Ernesto
Glass
The Trial
Titorelli/ Flogger/ Berthold
Jonathan Dove
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Lampwick
Mozart
Così fan tutte
Ferrando
Puccini
Tosca
Spoletta
Rossini
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Count Almaviva
Rossini
The Italian Girl in Algiers
Lindoro
Rossini
Maometto Secondo
Selimo
Strauss, Richard
Ariadne auf Naxos
Brighella
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Lensky
Verdi
Falstaff
Fenton
Wolf-Ferrari
Le donne curiose
Florindo

Opera

The Turn of the Screw

Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at Open Air Theatre, London, June 2018
Backtrack
And the real villain of the piece? Elgan Llŷr Thomas’ Peter Quint, chalk-faced and rusty-haired, kicked the fear factor up several gears. Perhaps it was the eerie stillness of his movements. Perhaps the way his glacial voice erupted in demented passion, bursts of savagery that were perfectly targeted and unpleasant to witness. Whatever the reason, Thomas made the role his own.
Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at Open Air Theatre, London, June 2018
The Telegraph
But the most vocally striking contribution comes from the promising Welsh tenor Elgan Llŷr Thomas, who as Quint combines rich vibrant tone with handsome presence.
Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at Open Air Theatre, London, June 2018
Opera Today
Llŷr Thomas’s muscular, firmly defined tenor captured Quint’s viciousness and angry resentment; he was similarly imposing physically
Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at Open Air Theatre, London, June 2018
The Stage
Thomas’s Quint duly dominates the action with his interventions: his sound is both lean and ringing and he exudes a natural confidence.
Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at Open Air Theatre, London, June 2018
The Times
Elgan Llŷr Thomas’s gimlet-eyed and glintingly sung Quint.

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.

Concerts / Recitals

Handel's Messiah with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union at Usher Hall, January 2018
Herald Scotland
Elgan Llŷr Thomas gave clear and animated delivery.

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