Lyric Tenor Thomas Drew began his studies in the U.K before moving to the US to pursue his Masters degree at the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music.
He recently completed his tenure as an Apprentice Artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City whilst studying for an Artist Certificate at UMKC with Raymond Feener.
Le loup garou
Thomas will be making his debut with Opera Southwest singing the role of Bertrand. Opera Southwest – USA – September 9th, 10th and 11th
Mozart Great Mass in C minor
Tenor Soloist – Bloomington Chamber Singers – Christ Community Church Bloomington – April 23
Beethoven 9th Symphony
Tenor soloist – Second Presbyterian Church – Indianapolis – May 22nd
Lyric Tenor, Thomas Drew, recently completed his studies at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as an Apprentice Artist and received his Artist Certificate from the University of Missouri Kansas City whilst studying with Raymond Feener and Natalia Rivera. Thomas has also received a Performance Diploma from Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of Clifton Forbis and a Masters degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Thomas is originally from England and completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich with John Wakefield and mentored by Matthew Rose and Gary Coward.
He now lives in Bloomington, IN while his wife pursues her DMA. Thomas studies with Peter Volpe.
Recent operatic roles have included his debut with Opera Southwest singing Bertrand in Le loup garou, the title role in Albert Herring with UMKC Opera and Parpignol in La Boheme with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Thomas was also slated to make his role debut with Lawrence Opera Theatre singing Romeo in Romeo et Juliette until the pandemic caused major cancellations. Other highlights include Eduardo in La cambiale di matrimonio with UMKC, George in Our Town with Meadows Opera Theatre SMU, Oronte in Alcina with Meadows Opera Theatre SMU, Reverend Adams in Peter Grimes with Indiana University Opera, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Moon-Little Theatre, Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Brent Opera, and Malcolm in Macbeth with Blackheath Opera. With Puzzle Piece Opera he has performed Nemorino – L’elisir d’amore, Don Jose – Carmen, Alfredo – La Traviata, and Ferrando – Così fan tutte.
In concert, Thomas has recently performed as the Tenor Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis and Mozart’s Great C minor mass with the Bloomington Chamber Singers. In Dallas, he was the Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Bach Magnificat with the Highland Park Chorale and Gregg Hobbs. He also performed as the Tenor Soloist in Eljah, Mendelssohn, at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.
In the U.K performances have included Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem at St Martin in the Fields, Bach’s St. John Passion, Bach Cantata 147, Haydn’s The Creation, and the semi-chorus in Mendelssohn’s Elijah conducted by Edward Gardner.
Thomas was a former member of Genesis Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. He was also a member of The Carice Singers and sang on their recent recording of Warlock’s Choral Works with Naxos.
At Trinity Laban, he has taken part in an English and American Song project with Matthew Rose, Haydn’s The Creation and Handel’s Belshazzar with Nicholas Kraemar, Stimmung by Stockhausen with Gregory Rose at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir conducted by Stephen Jackson and he was a choral scholar at The Old Royal Naval College Chapel for two years conducted by Richard Tanner and Ralph Allwood.
Thomas previously studied violin and piano at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed both violin and piano concertos with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Grimsby Symphony Orchestra. He also has a DipABRSM in piano.
In his spare time, Thomas loves to play football (soccer), tennis, and drink lots of coffee!