London-born Adrian Thompson is an artist of extraordinary versatility with a wide-ranging opera, concert and recital repertoire. He trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is now a professor of vocal studies.
His operatic credits include title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Skuratov in Janáček’s The House of the Dead and Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Oper Frankfurt); Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Scala, Milan); Mao in John Adams’s Nixon in China and First Jew in Strauss’s Salome for Canadian Opera Company; Valzacchi in Strauss’s Rosenkavalier (Royal Opera, London); Rev. Adams in Britten’s Peter Grimes (Grand Théâtre de Genève); title role in Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence); Mr Upfold in Britten’s Albert Herring, Triquet in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, School Teacher in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Glyndebourne Festival); Monostatos in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (English National Opera, Opéra national du Rhin).
As an experienced recitalist, his concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde as well as the Evangelists of Bach's St John and St Matthew Passions. He has performed with all the major British orchestras and ensembles both in the UK and further afield. During his career he has worked with many distinguished conductors: John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, Harry Christophers, Andrew Davis, Richard Hickox, Sir Colin Davis and Philippe Herreweghe.
He makes his Irish National Opera debut in as Basilio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April.