“a rich, vibrant tenor timbre combined with an unflappable technique and intonation” Epigram
A career spanning close to 2 decades, Australian tenor Thomas Wood developed as an actor and musical performer in Australia before his professional opera debut as Monostatos in Mozart's Die Zaubeflote with the West Australian Opera. Thomas was fortunate to be given many opportunities to learn his craft as an emerging artists with the company. Shortly after completing a undergraduate and post-graduate degree in music Thomas was a semi-finalist in the Australian Singing competition (Mathy Awards) which compelled him to travel abroad to seek opportunities to grow and learn. He has continued to patiently nurture his voice and performing career working for both main stage and grass roots British and Australian production and touring companies.
Recognised amongst his peers for his fierce characterisation and stage craft, Thomas' developing repertoire also displays his vocal versatility. Whilst he continues to focus on a preference for verismo roles such as Cavaradossi, Tosca, Puccini; Don Jose, Carmen, Bizet; Rodolfo, La Boheme, Puccini; Turriddu, Cavelleria Rusticana, Mascagni, Thomas has also performed as Froh, Das Rheingold, Wagner; Tamino, Die Zaubeflote, Mozart; Alfredo, La Traviata, Verdi; Joe, Fanciulla del West, Puccini; Hob, The Poisoned Kiss, V. Williams; Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten; Judge Danforth, The Crucible, Robert Ward; and Candide, Candide, Bernstein, as well as a host of roles from well known musicals and cabaret.
As a passionate advocate for making opera and classical music an accessible art form in the modern era, Thomas has directed and advised on operas for grass roots south west touring productions including recent festival opera productions of Rimsky Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri and Puccini's Tosca. Thomas also loves teaching about performance craft and is currently on part time staff as an associate lecturer and voice teacher at the University of Chichester.