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Belgian tenor Thomas Blondelle was born in Bruges, Belgium, in October 1982 and studied singing, piano, composition and chamber music at his home town’s Stedelijk Conservatorium. At the KUL University of Leuven, he obtained a degree in musicology in 2006. 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, as well as the French Repertoire Prize (Palazetto Bru) at the 2012 Belvedere Competition in Vienna.
While still studying, he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) in 2003, singing the leading role of Hans Scholl/Die Weiße Rose
. He then performed at Grand Théâtre de Luxemburg, De Vlaamse Opera, Les Opéras en plein air Paris (Alfredo/La Traviata
, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte
) as well as the Opéra de Toulon, before leaving for Germany in 2006.
At the Staatstheater Braunschweig (where he was an ensemble member from 2006 till 2009) he sang Belmonte
/Die Entführung aus dem Serail
, Orlando/Orlando Paladino
, Edwin/Die Csardasfürstin
, Graf Zedlau/Wiener Blut
. Since 2009, Thomas Blondelle is a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he sang, amongst many other lyric roles, Tamino
/L’amour des trois oranges
/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
/Dialogues des Carmélites
, Don Ottavio
, Bob Boles/Peter Grimes,
Male Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia
Pelleas et Mélisande.
Besides his work as an ensemble member in Berlin, he is also a regular guest in other opera houses. He created the leading part of Melchior Gabor in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen
at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (awarded a Diapason d’or), in 2007, 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).
In the recent past, he has been invited by the Bayerische Staatsoper in München to sing Froh
and Tanzmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos
, by the Volksoper Wien (Balduin/Wiener Blut
), the Schleswig Holstein Festival (Gomatz
), the Saito Kinen Festival (Tenor solo/Jeanne d’arc au bûcher
), De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam (David/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
), the Luzern Festival (Froh/Das Rheingold
), the BBC Proms (Walther/Tannhäuser,
) and the Opéra National du Rhin in Strassburg (Erik
/Der Fliegende Holländer
). In the 2014-2015 season, he performed the solo tenor role in Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher
with the New York Philharmonic in New York (Lincoln Center) and at the Philharmonie de Paris, sang Narraboth/
Salome at the BBC Proms in London (Royal Albert Hall), Tambourmajor
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow and sang the main role of Nikolaus Sprink
in Kevin Puts’ Opera Silent Night
at Cincinnati Opera. In the 2015-2016 season, he guested as Max/
Der Freischütz in Stuttgart, Herodes
in Luxemburg and Claudio
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 the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Nancy Opera, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, WDR Rundfunkorchester, WDR Symphonieorchester Cologne, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestre de Monte Carlo, Orchestre de Paris, Brussels Philharmonic, Vlaams Symfonieorkest and New York Philharmonic.
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, Lothar Zagrosek and Alan Gilbert.
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 was released in late 2014.
He also works as a librettist (mainly for children’s opera’s) and composer.
In the 2015-2016 season, Thomas Blondelle made his debut as Pelleas/Pelleas et Mélisande
at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, as Max/Der Freischütz
at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, as René/Der Graf von Luxemburg
at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Claudio/Das Liebesverbot
at the Opéra National du Rhin. He appeared in solo aria concerts with the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and with the Orchestra of Opera Vlaanderen. In the 2016-2017 season he will return to Cincinnati Opera as Jaquino/Fidelio
, sing a solo concert with Mahler Songs with the National Orchestra of Belgium at Bozar, will be Loge/Das Rheingold
, Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail
and Lenski/Eugen Onegin
in Wiesbaden, Hexe/Hänsel und Gretel
and Erik/Der Fliegende Holländer
in Berlin (Deutsche Oper) and Erik/Der Fliegende Holländer
at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.