Born in Glasgow, Thomas Walker studied brass at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before studying singing with Ryland Davies at the Royal College of Music, London.
Plans this season and beyond include further performances of the title role in Rameau Platée for Stuttgart Opera and in concert at St John’s Smith Square, London with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company; Don Pedrarias Davila in Peter Sellars’ new production of Purcell The Indian Queen for English National Opera; Sospiro in Gassmann L’opera seria for La Monnaie, Brussels and René Jacobs; Mozart Requiem with Cappella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss; Bach Cantatas 191 & 211 with Laurence Cummings and the Royal Northern Sinfonia; Messiah on a UK tour with the Dunedin Consort and on a European tour with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, again with Laurence Cummings.
Thomas has sung Platée for Stuttgart Opera and Staatstheater Nürnberg and Count Almaviva; Eurimaco The Return of Ulysses; Janek Makropulos Case; Alessandro Il Re Pastore; Quint The Turn of the Screw; Basilio Figaro; Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier; Lindoro L’Italiana in Algeri; Pélleas; Linfea Calisto; Lenia in Cavalli Eliogabalo; Ferrando; Don Ottavio and Letchmere Owen Wingrave for companies including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, ENO, Scottish Opera, Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Ensemble Matheus, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; La Monnaie, Brussels, Grange Park Opera and Holland Park Opera.
His debut at the 2002 Proms in Mendelssohn Elijah at the Royal Albert Hall, with Kurt Masur and the LPO resulted in return invitations to sing Janácek Otcenas and Beethoven Mass in C, and after his debut with the Northern Sinfonia (Bach Magnificat) with Thomas Zehetmair, he was asked to sing Haydn Creation in the opening concert of the Sage, Gateshead and more recently Mozart Requiem.
Other concert appearances have included Elijah with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Paul McCreesh; Zadok in Handel Solomon in Lisbon, also with McCreesh; Britten Les Illuminations with The Scottish Ensemble; Stravinsky Pulcinella with the BBC SSO and Matthias Pintscher; Bach Cantatas at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Ensemble Claudiana; Meyerbeer Emma di Resburgo with Andreas Stoehr at the same venue; Bach Mass in F and Easter Oratorio with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Frans Brüggen; Britten War Requiem in Moscow; Schumann Paradies und die Peri with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and Daniel Reuss; Messiah with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Academy of Ancient Music, Orquestra Metroplitana de Lisboa, for WNO Orchestra and Harry Bicket and at Wigmore Hall with Christian Curnyn; Evangelist in Bach St Matthew and St John Passions and Giuliano in Handel Rodrigo with Al Ayre Espagnol; St John Passion with the OAE and Mark Padmore; St Matthew Passion (Evangelist) with the Israel Camerata; St Matthew Passion (arias) with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and with the Gabrieli Consort; Bach B Minor Mass, Handel Jephtha, Schubert Mass in E Flat and a concert of music by Janácek with Cappella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss; Chevalier in Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Edinburgh International Festival; Tippett A Child of our Time with the RPO and Sir Andrew Davis; Creation with Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa; Bach cantatas with the Hamburg Symphoniker and Haydn Nelson Mass and Britten Cantata Academica with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and Jeffrey Tate.