Biography

During the 2010/2011 season, Thomas Blondelle made his debut as Chevallier in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2009, the lyric tenor made his company debut here, being a member of Deutsche Oper Berlin, since. His repertoire includes parts such as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth and Froh in Wagner’s Das Rheingold.

Thomas Blondelle made his debut with the Bavarian State Opera during the Munich Opera- Festival 2011 in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, to be followed by Froh in a new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold in February 2012. In September 2011 he made his Vienna debut, singing Graf Zedlau in a new production of Strauß’ Wiener Blut at the Vienna Volksoper.

Belgian tenor Thomas Blondelle was born in Bruges in 1982. He started his singing career at the Stedelijk Conservatorium in his home town, when he was only 14, and later also studied piano, music history, composition and chamber music, there. At the University of Leuven, Thomas Blondelle made his degree in musicology in 2006. He was awarded the first prize at the Axion Classics competition in 2001, the second prize at the Prix Jâcques Dôme singing competition in 2002, the prize for a young promising contestant at the Viñas Competition (Barcelona) in 2005 and the second prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth 2011.

While he was still studying, he made his debut with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) in 2003, singing Hans Scholl in Zimmermann’s Die Weisse Rose. As a guest he has performed at Grand Théâtre de Luxemburg, De Vlaamse Opera, Opéras en plein air Paris, Opéra national du rhin Strasbourg as well as at Opéra de Toulon: Baron von Laur in Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee, Alfredo/La traviata and Tamino/Die Zauberflöte. In 2007, Thomas Blondelle created the leading part of Melchior Gabor in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (released on CD and DVD and awarded with Diapason d’or), a role he also sang at Strasbourg’s Opéra national du rhin in 2008. – At the German opera company in Braunschweig he has sung, among other parts, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Prince in Prokofiev’s The love to the three oranges and Boris in Janáček’s Katja Kabanova and Eisenstein in Strauß’ Die Fledermaus. He portrayed Camille in Lehar’s The Merry Widdow, Edwin in Kalman’s The Gipsy Princess and Balduin Graf Zedlau in Strauß’ Wiener Blut in Kufstein/Austria and with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.

In concert performances Thomas Blondelle has sung Sir Hervey/Anna Bolena at Klangvokal Musikfestival Dortmund 2009, Edwin/The Gipsy Princess with the Stuttgarter Philharmonikern in 2010 and, at Konzerthaus Dortmund and Philharmonie Cologne, Rustighello/Lucrezia Borgia. Thomas Blondelle has been a soloist in numerous concerts. He performed with Deutsche- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Nancy Opera, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker as well as the WDR Rundfunkorchester Cologne. Nightingale Classics released a recording of Lucrezia Borgia with Thomas Blondelle singing Rustighello.

The tenor is a devoted recitalist and his repertoire includes the main German song cycles, a recital programme Banalités (songs by Poulenc and Satie, as well as two newly composed song cycles), and a recital with Italian Art songs by Rossini, Verdi and Tosti, which was recorded in 2007 for the Alliuris label. In 2011 he gave his first solo recital in Tokyo and will sing a recital under the title “Banalites” [and to be released on CD] at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, in 2012.

He has worked with many conductors including Yves Abel, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Barbacini, Paolo Carignani, Alexander Joel, Michail Jurowski, Jiri Kout, Sigiswald Kuijken, Kent Nagano, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Michael Schønwandt, Lothar Zagrosek.

Additional, Thomas Blondelle is a composer and was awarded the prize for the best vocal composition in the Aquarius Composition Competition repeatedly.

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