Sumner Thompson - Baritone
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diamondHailed as "the real thing" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and praised for his
"elegant style" (Boston Globe), Sumner Thompson
is one of the most sought after young baritones singing today.He
is enthusiastically lauded worldwide by audiences and music cognoscenti alike for his
impeccable technique, appealing sound and consummate musicianship.His
appearances on the operatic stage include the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo(Contemporary Opera Denmark in Copenhagen), Uberto in La Serva Padrona(Apollo's Fire), The Traveller in Britten's Curlew River(Britten-Pears School) in Nagaoka, Japan, and at the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK, Schaunard in La Bohème(Granite State Opera), and The Count in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro(Commonwealth Opera).Mr. Thompson's
appearances in Chicago Opera Theatre's productions of Britten's Death in Veniceand Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reimswere also highly praised.
Last Season, Mr. Thompson
performed solo Bach Cantatas with the Florestan Recital Project, Bach and Baroque, Early Music Vancouver, and on tour with Apollo's Fire.
A noted recitalist, Mr. Thompson
has performed in Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Regensburg, and at London's famed Wigmore Hall with the late Leonard Hokanson, Alison d'Amato, and Tobias Hartlieb.
...Among his many awards and distinctions, Mr. Thompson is the winner of the 1995 Atlanta Pro-Mozart Society Competition, the Willi Apel Scholarship at Indiana University in 1997, and the 1999 Indiana University Early Music Institute Concerto Competition, for which he was the only singer to ever be accorded this honor.
In 2003, Mr. Thompson
placed as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.He
was also twice a semi-finalist in the New York Oratorio Society Competition.
invested the role of Apollo with a honeyed baritone and probing intensity, caressing Bach's yearning lines and savoring Mozart's sunny phrases."
has a fine, clear voice with considerable flexibility.
", sung with distinction and wit by Sumner Thompson
, whose high baritone is startlingly beautiful."
sang with attractive tone, excellent French, and a supple and elegant style."Boston Globe
- May 13, 2005
As Apollo in Opera Boston's AlcesteSumner Thompson
and Kevin Deas, (Apollo and the Oracle respectively) both made their Opera Boston débuts and each gave strong and compelling performances."
sang the role of Jesus with consummate artistry, adroitly expressing plaintiveness, anger, compassion, majesty and painful resignation."Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As SOLOIST in the Britten Festival (Bloomington, IN):
accepted all of the challenges and, happily, conquered them.On Monday, he
reached a new level of achievement.Thompson
seemed not only comfortable but fully immersed in the Britten-Blake world of dreams and religious fervor."
sang a pleasing, sturdy Samuel."
The Theatre Mirror
As The Traveller in Britten's Curlew River (Britten Festival - Aldeburgh):
"There were equally strong performances from Andrew Rupp as the Ferryman and Sumner Thompson
as the Traveller."
Mark Mowry, Andrew Rupp, and Sumner Thompson
responded excellently to the tight constraints of the form with strong, solid performances."