Indra Thomas

Introduction

Indra Thomas is rapidly establishing herself as one of the world's major sopranos. In 2006 she sang Tippett’s ‘A Child of Our Time’ to open the BBC Proms and then as her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis. Indra has worked with conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Spivakov, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Lorin Maazel and performed with the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and Gewandhaus Orchestra. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Festival de Saint Denis, Carnegie Hall, and Tokyo’s Oji Hall.

Indra has sung Aida at the Bregenz Festival, Palm Beach Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre and at the Choregies d’Orange opposite Roberto Alagna. Other roles include Amelia in ‘Un ballo in maschera’, Liu in ‘Turandot’, Imogene in ‘Il Pirata’, Desdemona in ‘Otello’, Donna Anna in ‘Don Giovanni’, Elisabeth in ‘Don Carlos’ (five act French version, the title role in ‘Luisa Miller’, and Leonora in ‘La forza del destino’.

Indra has performed Poeme de l'amour et de la mer at the Mozart Festival La Coruna, A Child of Our Time in concert with Orchestra Radio France, a concert of Gershwin music with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Beethoven 9 with Lahti Symphony Orchestra as well as the title role of Aida for Opera d’Avignon, at the Bregenz Festival, the Palau de les Arts Valencia and at the Choregies d'Orange. In the 11/12 season Indra performed Aida at the Hamburg State Opera and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Repertoire

Operatic Repertoire

ALAGNA D. - Le Dernier Jour d'un comdamne, La Condamne
J. BABER - Rumpelstiltskin, Queen
MOZART - Don Giovanni, Donna Anna
MOZART - Le Nozze di Figaro, Countess
POULENC - Dialogues des Carmelites, Madame Lidione
PUCCINI - Suor Angelica, Suor Angelica
PUCCINI - Tosca, Tosca
PUCCINI - Manon Lescaut, Manon 
PUCCINI - Turandot, Liu                                                                   
ROSSINI - Guillaume Tell, Mathilde      
STRAUSS - Ariadne auf Naxos, Ariadne                                              
VERDI - Aida, Aida
VERDI - Don Carlos, Elisabeth de Valois
VERDI - Ernani, Elvira
VERDI - Giovanna d'arco, Giovanna
VERDI - I Lombardi, Giselda
VERDI - I vespri siciliani, Elena
VERDI - Il Trovatore, Leonora
VERDI - La Forza del Destino, Leonora
VERDI - Otello, Desdemona
VERDI - Simon Boccanegra, Amelia
VERDI - Stiffelio, Lina
VERDI - Un ballo in maschera, Amelia
WAGNER - Tannhauser, Elizabeth
WAGNER - Lohengrin, Elza


Concert Repertoire

BARBER - Knoxville: summer of 1915 
BEETHOVEN - Missa Solemnis 
BEETHOVEN - Symphony no. 9 
BERLIOZ - Les Nuits d'ete 
BRAHMS - Ein Deutsches Requiem    
BRITTEN - War Requiem                                                           
BRUCKNER - Deum                                                                           
HANDEL - Messiah 
HAYDN - The Creation 
MAHLER - Symphony no. 2 
MAHLER - Symphony no. 8  
MARTIN F. - In Terra Pax
ROSSINI - Stabat Mater 
STRAUSS - Four Last Songs 
TIPPETT - Child of Our Time 
VERDI - Requiem 
WAGNER - Wesendonck Lieder

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Press

VERDI

Il Trovatore - Leonora

Arizona Opera

"Indra Thomas sang Leonora with a well-projected soprano with a buttery lower range."  Katrina Becker, Opera Magazine, August 2013

A Child of Our Time

Utah Symphony Orchestra

"Lockhart has recruited a first-class quartet of soloists: soprano Indra Thomas, mezzo Marietta Simpson, tenor Russell Thomas and bass-baritone Derrick Parker. All sang with keen musical focus and emotional conviction on Friday, but Indra Thomas was first among equals, thanks largely to her stunning delivery of the spiritual “O, By and By.”

The Salt Lake Tribune, April 2011

Aida, title role

Atlanta Opera


"A last-minute cancellation at Atlanta Opera’s Aida turned Saturday evening into a brilliant homecoming for Atlanta native Indra Thomas, who triumphed in the title role. It was a night of great singing – some of the best Atlanta has heard in recent years.Mary Elizabeth Williams, an attractive young soprano who has garnered considerable notice lately, was scheduled to sing Aida in a much-anticipated role debut. Illness struck, and Thomas flew in from New York, arriving at the theater at 6 p.m. with almost no time to rehearse. As the replacement was announced, a collective moan came from the audience. Few were prepared for what emerged.After her first Aida, which took place here in 2003, Thomas has become something of an Aida specialist, singing this role more than any other, including with major international companies. She brings power and emotional intensity, along with floated high notes. Diction is sacrificed for tone, but the tone seems worth the trade. Her Aida is a tour de force. She is riveting on the stage; a real singing actress."

March 2010

Verdi Requiem

Florida Orchestra


"Soprano Indra Thomas was like a magnificent force of nature, regal, passionate and wonderfully simple all at the same time. The Libera me finale has some of the most amazing music Verdi ever wrote, and her performance combined the soaring drama of an aria with the urgency of a prayer in memorable fashion. The 180-voice Master Chorale, prepared by Richard Zielinski, had many great moments, like the almost jolly double fugue of the Sanctus."

March 2009

Abu Dhabi Classics Opening Gala

Abu Dhabi


"The spotlight was soon cast on Indra Thomas as the Verdi soprano who gave yet another incredible performance to add to her already impressive portfolio of performances which include orchestral engagements such as the Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, BBC Symphony and Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia."

Rawaj International, October 2008

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