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 with Royal Academy Opera, where he is taught by Kate Paterson and Jonathan Papp. He is currently a recipient of the Cordelia Moses Scholarship and is also supported by the Josephine Baker. He is a member of the prestigious Royal Academy Song Circle.

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. Notably, 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 Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) Cadmus and Somnus (Semele) for Royal Academy Opera, Sarastro (The Magic Flute) for Cavatina Opera, Luka (The Bear) for Bloomsbury Opera and Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) for the Royal Academy of Music at Grange Park. 

In the coming months, he will be performing the role of King Rene (Iolanta) for Royal Academy Opera and making his debut for Pegasus Opera. He will also be giving a recital of Loewe with the Royal Academy Song Circle at the Wigmore Hall.

 
His recalcitrant Somnus was strikingly sonorous
— Claire Seymour, Opera Today
Credit: Robert Workman

Credit: Robert Workman