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Thomas Guthrie Baritone

Thomas studied Classics at Cambridge before entering the Royal Northern College of Music on an entrance scholarship in 1993.

Operatic roles include the title role in Don Giovanni and Count (Marriage of Figaro) for Jessie's Fund, Papageno (Magic Flute) for Opera Theatre Company, Denisov (War and Peace) at the 1999 Spoleto Festival for Richard Hickox (due for release this summer on the Chandos label), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), and Duke (Gondoliers) for Cambridge Chamber Opera; and Mister Gedge (Albert Herring) while still at college. He sang Hel Henson (Paul Bunyan) for Richard Hickox at the St Endellion Festival, and has been a member of Glyndebourne Festival Chorus.

Since his debut Wigmore concert with Ensemble Sonnerie in 1998 Thomas has become a regular in the Wigmore's Early Music Series. Other highlights include a televised production of the St Matthew Passion directed by Jonathan Miller, in which he played Judas; Winterreise with Julius Drake in Leamington Hastings; Die Schöne Müllerin last summer at St John's Smith Square; and the Good Friday St John Passion, conducted by Stephen Layton, in the same venue, broadcast on Radio Three.

Concerts and recitals have taken him all over Britain and several times to the continent. He has become a regular soloist with Florilegium; with whom he opened the Spitalfields Festival in 1998; The Bach Players; and also The Orchestra of the Golden Age, with whom he has recorded Purcell Odes for Naxos. He has also released some of Rameau's solo secular cantatas for New Chamber Opera on ASV, a recording that has received rave reviews.

Thomas has been awarded the Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder, the Schubert Prize, and an English Speaking Union Scholarship to study with Thomas Allen in Chicago.

Future plans include roles for Bampton Classical Opera, a tour to Colombia, and recording for ASV of motets by Biber with Sonnerie, a series of recitals and recordings with Gary Cooper on the fortepiano including recordings of An die ferne Geliebte and Die Schöne Müllerin, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach 2000 project.

May 2000

Thomas Guthrie photograph

Photo: Marianne Fraser-Cook

Thomas Guthrie gave an much-enjoyed song recital at Wokingham Choral Society's summer concert in June 1998, and returned to sing the Baritone solo part in Mozart's C Minor Mass on 28th March 1999. Although the baritone doesn't get heard until the final Benedictus, he was worth waiting for!

He sang with us again in Handel's Messiah at Eton College on Saturday 27th November 1999, and we are delighted to welcome him back for our Summer Celebration on 10th June 2000 at All Saints Church.