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Thomas Oliemans

Baritone Thomas Oliemans sings Papageno in The Magic Flute in Bergen autumn 2022.

In repertoire that spans from Mozart to the 21st century, he has appeared at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Mr. Redburn in Billy Budd and as Schaunard in La Bohème. At the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence he sang Le Témoin in the world premiere of L’Apokalypse Arabe, and as Bill in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, among others.

His discography includes Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Akamus Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor under Hans-Georg Rademann, works by Frank Martin for baritone with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Schubert’s three song cycles, Christus in Bach’s Johannes-Passion with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Frans Brüggen and Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Gordan Nikolic.

In the season 2021/22 Thomas Oliemans gave his house debut at Staatsoper Hamburg as Lescaut in Manon. He was also artist in recidence at Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

One of his signature roles is Papageno, and he has interpreted him in Simon McBurney's version at English National Opera in London, The Dutch National opera in Amsterdam, at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence and at the opera in Basel. After his performances as Papageno here in Bergen autumn 2022, Oliemans will go to The Metropolitan in New York spring 2023 in the same production.

Updated August 2022