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In the summer of 2014, Thomas Blondelle makes his USA debut as Nikolaus Sprink in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night at Cincinnati Opera. In august 2014, he returns to the BBC Proms as Narraboth in Salome under the baton of Donald Runnicles and sings the tenor solo in the world Premiere of Piet Swerts’ oratiorio “The Sack of Louvain”. His 2014-2015 schedule at the Deutsche Oper Berlin includes premieres of The Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus), Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk (Zinovi) and Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette, as well as revivals from Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), L’amour des trois Oranges (Prince) and Tannhäuser (Walther). He will be the Tambourmajor in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s “Wozzeck”, will sing the tenor solo in Honnegers “Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher” at the new Philharmonie de Paris and in Monaco and will appear at the Festival van Vlaanderen, Musica Sacra in Holland and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège in concerts of Beethovens 9th Symphony. He will also release a brand new recording of German songs (with pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort) in late 2014 and an operetta-recording in early 2015.
Belgian tenor Thomas Blondelle was born in Bruges in 1982 and started his singing career at his home town’s Stedelijk Conservatorium when he was 14 years old. He also studied piano, music history, composition and chamber music. At the University of Leuven, he obtained his degree in musicology. He was awarded the First Prize at the Axion Classics competition in 2001, the Second Prize at the Prix Jâcques Dôme singing competition in 2002, the Prize for a Young Promising Contestant at the Viñas Competition (Barcelona) in 2005 and the Second Prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth 2011 in Brussels.
While still studying, he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) in 2003, singing Hans Scholl/Die Weiße Rose. He then performed at Grand Théâtre de Luxemburg, De Vlaamse Opera, Opéras en plein air Paris (Alfredo/La Traviata, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte) as well as the Opéra de Toulon.
At the Staatstheater Braunschweig (where he was an ensemble member from 2006 till 2009) he sang Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Boris/Katja Kabanova, Orlando/Orlando Paladino, Cassio/Otello, Edwin/Die Csardasfürstin, Alfredo/La Traviata and Eisenstein/Die Fledermaus. In 2007, Thomas Blondelle created the leading part of Melchior Gabor in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (awarded a Diapason d’or), a role he later sang at Strasbourg’s Opéra national du rhin in 2008. He performed Camille/Die Lustige Witwe, Edwin/Die Csardasfürstin and Balduin/Wiener Blut at the Operettensommer Kufstein (Austria).
Since 2009, Thomas Blondelle is a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he sang Tamino/Die Zauberflöte, Merkur/Die Liebe der Danae, Walther/Tannhäuser, Ismaele/Nabucco, Cassio/Otello (new production), Macduff/Macbeth, Prince/L’amour des trois oranges (new production), David/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni, Bob Boles/Peter Grimes as well as many other lyric roles.
In the recent past, he has been invited by the Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Froh/Das Rheingold (new production) and Tanzmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos, by the Volksoper Wien (Balduin/Wiener Blut), the Schleswig Holstein Festival (Gomatz/Zaide), the Saito Kinen Festival (Tenor solo/Jeanne d’arc au bûcher), De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam (David/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – new production), the Luzern Festival (Froh/Das Rheingold), the BBC Proms (Walther/Tannhäuser) and the Opéra National du Rhin in Strassburg (Erik/Der Fliegende Holländer - new production).
In concert performances Thomas Blondelle sang Tenor solo/Lamentationes (Strawinsky) at the Philharmonie Berlin, Sir Hervey/Anna Bolena at KlangVokal Musikfestival Dortmund, Edwin/Die Csardasfürstin with the Stuttgarter Philharmonikern, Rustighello/Lucrezia Borgia at Konzerthaus Dortmund and Philharmonie Cologne and Fernando/Die Räuberbraut at the Philharmonie Cologne. As a soloist he performed with Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Nancy Opera, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, WDR Rundfunkorchester, WDR Symphonieorchester Cologne, Brussels Philharmonic and Vlaams Symfonieorkest.
He worked with conductors including Yves Abel, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Barbacini, Paolo Carignani, Alexander Joel, Michail Jurowski, Jiri Kout, Sigiswald Kuijken, Kent Nagano, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Marc Albrecht, José Cura, Michael Schønwandt, Kazuki Yamada and Lothar Zagrosek.
A devoted recitalist, his repertoire includes the main German song cycles, a recital programme called Banalités (recorded for Fuga Libera), and a recital with Italian Art songs by Rossini, Verdi and Tosti. With mixed solo programmes he made his Japan debut in Tokyo in 2011 and in Madrid, at Théâtre du Châtelet Paris in 2012. His second solo album “Dreams and Nightmares” (with pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort) features songs by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Wagner and Liszt and will be released in late 2014.