Born in London, Tenor Thomas Elwin studied at the Royal Academy of Music. A former boy-chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Thomas performed extensively as a treble soloist both in the UK and abroad, at venues including Tokyo Opera City, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, on Classic FM, BBC2 and Radio 3. An alumnus of the Solti Accademia Bel Canto, Verbier Academy and Oper Stuttgart opera studio, Thomas is currently a member of Barbara Hannigan's Equilibrium Artists and an associate artist with the Classical Opera Company. With his warm, lyric Tenor voice, Thomas is gaining reputation both in the UK and abroad.
The 2018/19 season sees Thomas make his Oper Koeln debut (Sam Kaplan/ Street Scene), a return to the Vorarlberg Landestheater (Jaquino/Fidelio) and a debut performance with the Munich Philharmonic/Barbara Hannigan (Mozart Requiem). Further performances include Handel's Athalia in Darmstadt, Elijah in Winchester Cathedral and Jonathan Dove's For an Unknown Soldier, in Wells Cathedral.
Previous season highlights included his role and house debut as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for English National Opera, Ferrando/Cosi Fan Tutte at Oper Stuttgart, Fracasso/La Finta Semplice with Classical Opera Company/Ian Page, Haydn's Applausus with the Mozartists, Messiah with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Odense, Denmark, Britten's Serenade in Leverkusen with the WestDeutschen Simphonie, and Alfredo in The Mountebanks by Cellier in a World Premier recording with the BBC concert Orchestra and BBC singers.
Performances on stage in 2015/16 included a return to Oper Stuttgart as Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Nathanael (Contes D’Hoffman), Kuska (Khovanshchina) and Borsa (Rigoletto). In February 2016 Thomas sang his first Belmonte (Die Entufuhrung aus dem Serail) in a new production by Sigrid Herzog at the Vorarlberg Landestheater.
On the concert platform Thomas has performed extensively as a soloist across Europe. Performances have included Bach Passions (both arias and as Evangelist) in St. Alban’s Abbey, at the LutherKirche in Bad Canstatt and in Zaragoza, Messiah at Liederhalle Stuttgart with the International Bach Akademie, Stuttgart, in Manchester Cathedral and at the Leith Hill Festival, Britten Serenade at Kings Place, London, and in the Duke’s Hall with Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Further performed repertoire includes Messa di Gloria (Puccini), Jephtha (Handel), Nocturne (Britten), Elijah (Mendelssohn) and Creation (Haydn).
Thomas has an extensive recital repertoire, including performances of works by Schumann (Dichterliebe), Strauss, Britten (Winter Words), Tippett (Heart’s Assurance) and Liszt (Petrarch Sonnets). Appearances include a Christmas Lieder programme at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Verdi and Wagner songs with Song in the City, at the Austrian Cultural Forum with the Royal Academy Song circle and a solo recital as part of the Masters series at the Gresham Centre. Future plans include a debut recital recording of Bellini and Donizetti songs and a second recording featuring songs by Hahn, Duparc and Liszt.
Whilst at the Royal Academy, Thomas was a Leverhulme foundation award holder. Further scholarships and awards included a Kathleen Trust award, the Sally Ferrey Scholaship, the Drapers company scholarship and support from a number of generous private supporters, for which Thomas is very grateful.