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Thomas Ruud


Thomas Ruud, tenor, was born in Oslo, Norway, and started singing already at the age of six in a boys' choir. He is educated from the Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo, and from the University of the Pacific in California, USA.

In 1994 he made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera as Count Almaviva in «The Barber of Seville», and this performance was broadcasted on television by NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). One of the leading Norwegian newspapers VG, wrote that it was "A Tenor Victory at the Norwegian National Opera". Since then he has sung Almaviva in more than 150 performances. He now has many of the most significant tenor roles in his repertoire, such as Don José/«Carmen», Pinkerton/«Madame Butterfly», Rodolfo/«La Bohème», Cavaradossi/«Tosca», Pollione/«Norma», Hoffmann/«The Tales of Hoffmann», Steva Burya/«Jenufa», Riccardo III/ "Un Ballo in Maschera", Radamès/"Aïda", and the title role in «Faust». He also did the role as Der Sänger in Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" at Gothenburg Opera with Nina Stemme as the Marschallin. The Swedish press called him "the new Jussi Björling".

Thomas has been engaged at some of the most important opera houses in Germany, such as the Staatsoper Stuttgart, and the Staatsoper Hannover. Currently he lives in Berlin, and freelances as a soloist throughout the world, including the USA, Mexico and New Zealand. He often visits Norway in opera productions, and is also in much demand as a soloist in concerts and oratorios/masses. The last four years he has been one of the three tenors at Hanne Krogh's successful Christmas Concert Tour throughout Norway, and this will be repeated also this year.

He has worked with conductors such as Patrick Fournillier, Timo Handschuh, Andreas Schüller, Christian Lindberg, Peter Szilvay, Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Kjell Seim, and with stage directors such as Dietrich Hilsdorf, Calixto Bieito, Enrique Mazzola, Lisa Kent and Ronald Rørvik.

In June 2011 Thomas did a concert together with the legendary soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, and in August the same year he sang the tenor part in Verdi's «Requiem» in Nidarosdomen, Trondheim, conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen. That summer he also sang the tenor part in Dvorak's «Die Geisterbraut» in Nürnberg and Darmstadt, which gave him brilliant critics from the German press.

Other assignments have been, among others; Cavaradossi/«Tosca» on tour in Norway, Pinkerton/«Madama Butterfly» and Count Ivrea/«Un giorno di Regno» at the Opera in Kristiansund, and Don José/«Carmen» at Opera Sør in Kristiansand, conducted by Peter Szilvay.

More recent engagements include Hoffmann/"The Tales of Hoffmann" at Opera Nordfjord in 2016, and in March 2017 he made his debut as Bacchus in "Ariadne auf Naxos" with The Arctic Opera, together with Lise Davidsen as Ariadne. In the Autumn of 2017 he got brilliant reviews as the tenor soloist in Puccini's "Messa di Gloria" in Singapore, and was invited back to do the role as Radamès in Verdi's "Aïda" at Singapore Lyric Opera in June 2018. In April 2018 he did the role as Monostatos in "The Magic Flute" at Opera Trøndelag.

Upcoming events are, among others, the role as Herod in Strauss' "Salome" with Opera Siam in February 2019, and Calaf in Puccini's "Turandot" at Opera Trøndelag and The Opera in Kristiansund in 2020. He will also appear in many concerts in both Norway and abroad.