English 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 is now completing his Performance Diploma at The Meadows School of the Arts, SMU, with Clifton Forbis.
In August 2019, Thomas will take up the position as Apprentice Artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City whilst studying for an Artist Certificate at UMKC with Raymond Feener.
La cambiale di matrimonio
Thomas will be singing the role Edoardo in Rossini’s first Opera. UMKC – USA – October 31st and November 2nd, 7.30pm, 2019.
Parpignol – Lyric Opera of Kansas City – October 9th, 13th, 15th and 17th. 2019.
Albert – Albert Herring
UMKC – USA – March 19th-22nd – 2020
English Tenor, Thomas Drew, recently began his second year of study in the US at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he is pursuing a Masters degree in performance and opera under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Horne. He previously studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich with John Wakefield and mentored by Matthew Rose and Gary Coward.
Recent operatic roles have included Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with Moon-Little Theatre and Lensky (Eugene Onegin) with Brent Opera. Other roles include: Roderigo, Otello, and Malcolm, Macbeth with Blackheath Community 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 scenes he has played Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Sam (Susannah).
Oratorio 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. In the US, Thomas has sung with the Bloomington Chamber Singers as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and various Bach Cantatas.
As a recitalist he performed at New College Oxford, The Old Royal Naval College, St. Alfege Church Greenwich, and various venues in Lincolnshire and Sussex. He has performed the songs of Schubert, Strauss, and Brahms for projects at Trinity Laban with Eugene Asti. Additionally, he has also worked James Gilchrist, Allison Wells, Linda Hirst, James Hurley, Helen Yorke, Robert Dean, Brian Parsons, Gregory Rose, Kevin Murphy, Arthur Fagen, and Walter Huff.
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 (or as they call it in America, Soccer), tennis, catch up on the latest Hulu or Netflix series, and is a lover of coffee and food!