Damian Thantrey read law at Cambridge University before training at the Royal College of Music.
Damian’s recent operatic roles have included Deputy Mayor Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House, The English Clerk Death in Venice for Opera North, at the Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals and at the Opéra de Lyon, Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Opéra National de Lorraine and at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Prince/Wolf Into the Woods, Count Ludovic Franz/Randolph Passion, Franz Sunday in the Park with George, Mr Lindquist A Little Night Music and Ralph Kiss Me Kate at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Chau Lin A Night at the Chinese Opera, Eisenstein Die Fledermaus and Seven Deadly Sins for Scottish Opera, Pastore Orfeo for Opera North, Faiz Babur in London with The Opera Group, Ferdinand The Duenna for English Touring Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin at the Blackheath Concert Halls, Blazes in Maxwell Davies The Lighthouse for Psappha at the Orkney and Buxton Festivals, The Duke of Rothsay La Jolie Fille de Perth for Chelsea Opera Group,
Damian’s other operatic roles have been Marullo Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House, Flemish Deputy Don Carlos for Welsh National Opera, the Traveller Roles Death in Venice at the Theatre de Metz, Shaunard La Boheme for Scotttish Opera, and Sadik Der Stein der Weisen and Nardo La Finta Giardiniera for Garsington Opera, Gong Gong Confucius Says for the Hackney Music Development Trust, Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte for Opera Project and Toby The Cumnor Affair for Tete-a-Tete.. He has also sung Maximillian Candide for Graham Vick’s City of Birmingham Opera, Baritone 1 The Martyrdom of St. Magnus and a concert performance of Dido & Aeneas at the Oslo Kammermusik Festival, Zurga Les Pecheurs des Perles for Chelsea Opera Group, The Messenger in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex for Opera North and Count Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro for Raymond Gubbay’s Savoy Opera. Damian has premiered over thirty new works, both operatic and in concert, including SUM for ROH2 at the Linbury and six roles in Tete-a-Tete’s tour of Six Pack, The Young Man Babette’s Feast Linbury Studio/ROH 2 and John in Almeida Opera’s production of Deidre Gribbin’s Hey Persephone! at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Damian has a wide solo concert repertoire, most recently Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw & Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen,.Belshazzar’s Feast at the Cadogan Hall, Dewi Sant for Harrow Choral Society, Messiah for the English Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler’s Ruckertlieder with the Salomon Orchestra. Other major performances have included Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits with Vernon Handley/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (live broadcast on Radio 3), The Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir David Willcocks, Bach’s Weinachtsoratorium at King’s College, Cambridge and St. John Passion at St. John’s Smith Square. He has also sung concerts of John Adams’ The Wound Dresser with Camerata Scotland in Glasgow and at the Deal and Haddington Festivals.
In recital, Damian has performed Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with Malcolm Martineau at St. John’s, Smith Square and at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and made his Wigmore Hall song recital debut in 2003. Damian has premiered a number of song works, including two world premieres with the contemporary group the Paragon Ensemble. In 2004 Damian sang at the Presteigne Festival, performing John Pickard’s song cycle The Borders of Sleep and completed a UK tour with the Rambert Dance Company singing Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, which he repeated in 2005 along with Kindertotenlieder. 2008 saw him give a major solo recital at Pollok House in Glasgow, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau.
Damian’s future performances include the premiere of Michael Ellison’s Deniz Kustu at the Süreyya Opera House, Kadiköy in Istanbul, Ralph Kiss Me Kate in Luxembourg and a London revival (and recording) of his critically-acclaimed performance in Thomas Hyde’s one-man opera, That Man Stephen Ward.
Reviews of Damian Thantrey to follow.