Anglo-Scottish baritone Thomas Humphreys began singing as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently taught by Gary Coward.
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. In 2016 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. He sang 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).
Last summer he sang the title role in Don Giovanni as an Opera Holland Park Young Artist, and this he returned to the company as L’araldo maggiore in Mascagni’s Isabeau and A Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Plans include Sir Thomas Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park for Opera South.
Isabeau/Opera Holland Park
“The other smaller roles were cast from strength with Nadine Benjamin as Ermyntrude, Joanna Marie Skillett as Ermyngarde, Princess’s ladies in waiting, and Thomas Humphreys as the herald.” Planet Hugill, July 2018
“The use of six on-stage trumpeters at the opera’s opening, with Thomas Humphreys as a lusty herald, was mightily effective as the proclamation of a joust.” Seen and Heard International, July 2018
Samson and Delila/Grimeborne Festival
“Thomas Humphreys sang the High Priest’s role with aplomb, and his re-interpretation of the role in this version was positively gleeful and made a real success of Bozok’s concept.”
Planet Hugill, September 2017
“There is good work, too from baritone Thomas Humphreys as the High Priest who pimps her out.” What’s on Stage, September 2017
“…a menacingly cruel High Priest (sung with flair, in fluid French, by baritone Thomas Humphreys).” TheatreCat, September 2017
La Bohème/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/Tête à Tête 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
|Mozart||Don Giovanni||Title Role|
|Puccini||La Fanciulla del West||Jake Wallace|
|Rimsky-Korsakov||Koshchei the Immortal||Ivan Korolevich|
|Saint-Saëns||Samson and Delilah||Le Grand Pretre de Dagon|
|Ullmann||The Emperor of Atlantis||Emperor Überall|
|Bach||Mass in B minor|
|Bach||St John Passion|
|Bach||Cantata: Tönet, ihr Pauken! BWV 214|
|Beethoven||Mass in C Op 86|
|Brahms||Ein Deutsches Requiem|
|Duruflé||Requiem Op 9|
|Dvorak||Mass in D Op 86|
|Puccini||Missa di Gloria|
|Rachmaninov||The Bells Op 35|
|Rossini||Petite Messe Solenelle|
|Rutter||Mass of the Children|
|Stanford||Songs of the Fleet|
|Vaughan Williams||Five Mystical Songs|
|Vaughan Williams||Fantasia on Christmas Carols|