Thomas Humphreys

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, 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.

Gallery

Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West (Grange Park) 2016
Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West (Grange Park) 2016
Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park Young Artist) 2017
Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park Young Artist) 2017
Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park Young Artist) 2017
Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park Young Artist) 2017
High Priest in Samson and Delila (Grimeborne Festival) 2017
High Priest in Samson and Delila (Grimeborne Festival) 2017
High Priest in Samson and Delila (Grimeborne Festival) 2017

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

Opera Repertoire

COMPOSER OPERA ROLE
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Speaker
Puccini La Boheme Marcello
Puccini La Fanciulla del West Jake Wallace
Rimsky-Korsakov Koshchei the Immortal Ivan Korolevich
Tchaikovsky Pique Dame Tomsky
Ullmann The Emperor of Atlantis Emperor Überall

Concert Repertoire

COMPOSER WORK
Bach Mass in B minor
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn The Creation
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Puccini Missa di Gloria
Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle
Rossini Stabat Mater
Stainer Cruxifiction
Stanford Songs of the Fleet
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols