He made his debut with Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Servo di Flora La Traviata, as well as covering the role of Captain Eugene Onegin for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and earlier this year he sang Jake Wallace La Fanciulla del West for Grange Park Opera. He has also sung and understudied roles for Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, the Merry Opera Company, and the Co-Opera Company, most recently performing Marcello La Boheme for the Merry Opera Company and the King’s Head Theatre, to critical acclaim.
Equally at home on the concert platform, Thomas Humphreys is in demand as a soloist across the country, often working with the conductors Jonathan Willcocks and Hilary Davan Wetton at venues such as St. John’s, Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chichester, Guildford and Winchester Cathedrals. He is also an avid recitalist, performing in the UK and Europe with his wife Raya Kostova, particularly in the repertoire of Russian Romances and Lieder.
Awards include the 1st Prize and Art Song Prize at the Thelma King Award 2014, as well as 3rd Prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award, at the Wigmore Hall, 2012, 3rd Prize in the Bromsgrove Young Musicians Platform (2011), 2nd Prize in the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Competition (2010) and 2nd Prize in the John Warner Memorial Award (2008).
He recently sang the title role in Don Giovanni as an Opera Holland Park Young Artist.
La Boheme/Kings Head Theatre
“Thomas Humphreys is wonderfully masculine in his voice and behaviour.” London Pub Theatres, September 2016
“Thomas Humphreys’ Mark formed a strong double act with [Matthew] Kimble and stood out for his fine baritone voice.” British Theatre, September 2016
“Thomas Humphreys as ‘Mark’ (Marcello) conveys an effortless ‘posh-boy’ arrogance that works very well as a double-act with his flatmate. It is a delight to see his transformation to puppyish dependence when the beautiful Musetta comes onto the scene.” Rage Off Stage, September 2016
“… Mark, played by Thomas Humphreys, is both funny and serious to the exact degree; his tortured love for Musetta is utterly convincing.” Everything Theatre, September 2016
Fanciulla del West/Grange Park Opera
“Memorable within the various cameo roles was…Thomas Humphreys as Jake Wallace, whose homesick lament reached into the very heart of the score.” Bachtrack, June 2016
“Especially notable:…Thomas Humphreys’ brief glory as the camp’s minstrel Jake Wallace.” The Arts Desk, June 2016
“Perhaps the most memorable moment is the song from the minstrel, Jake Wallace (Thomas Humphreys), a touching moment of home-sickness and a melody which Puccini brings back at key moments in the opera.” Planet Hugill, July 2016
One Day This Will Be Long Ago/Tete a Tete Festival
“Thomas Humphreys and Victoria Atkinson sang beautifully and moodily…the sheer beauty of the voices, particularly Humphreys’, makes this an undeniably beautiful, if not emotionally eloquent, experience.” Bachtrack, August 2015
Thelma King Award, Bath 2014
“This year’s winner, baritone Thomas Humphreys, accompanied very fluently by his wife Raya Kostova, scooped the pool, winning not only the Song Prize, but the top award too. Thomas has a big, bold baritone voice, with commanding presence, singing Mozart, Rachmaninov and Gounod, a lovely aria from Faust, delicately sung in good French, with poise and tenderness, I particularly enjoyed the Rachmaninov, sung con passione. So too, clearly, did the judges, Della Jones, Jean Rigby and Robin Bowman. He already has an impressive CV and his future looks good.” Bach Chronicle, March 2015
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