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date: 12 November 2019

Thomas, John Charleslocked

  • Richard LeSueur
  • , revised by Elizabeth Forbes

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(b Meyersdale, VA, Sept 6, 1891; d Apple Valley, CA, Dec 13, 1960). American baritone. He studied in Baltimore and, after singing in musical comedy and Gilbert and Sullivan, made his operatic début in 1924 at Washington, DC, as Amonasro. Engaged at La Monnaie, he made his début there in 1925 as Herod (Hérodiade) and sang Amfortas, Hamlet, Escamillo, Zurga, and Orpheus in the première of Milhaud’s Les malheurs d’Orphée (1926). He made his Covent Garden début in 1928 as Valentin, also singing Amonasro. In 1930 he sang John the Baptist at San Francisco and Tonio in Chicago, where he later sang Falstaff (1940). He made his Metropolitan début in 1934 as Giorgio Germont, and remained with the company until 1943, also singing Rossini’s Figaro, Athanaël (Thaïs) and Scarpia. In 1943 he returned to San Francisco as Tonio and Rigoletto. His recordings display a voice of great power and intensity....

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