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Thomas Hobbs

Tenor

  • Thomas Hobbs is 'one of the most interesting and significant Bach tenors' (Klassik Magazine) and is in high demand with many leading baroque and early music ensembles.


    Highlights of Hobbs’ 2023/24 season include Bach cantatas and Passions, Purcell odes and Handel oratorios with ensembles including Gli Angeli Geneve, Le Banquet Céleste, Alia Mens, Tafelmusik and Ensembles Masques. Hobbs will also join the prestigious Netherlands Bach Society for two tours across Europe: as the tenor soloist in Bach Magnificat and as the Evangelist in Bach St Matthew Passion.

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  • Recent highlights include a European tour of Handel Messiah with the RIAS Kammerchor, Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with the Bach Collegium Japan and Dutch Bach Society, the 25th birthday concert with the Dunedin Consort, Vivaldi Vespers with Musikpodium Stuttgart, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Concerto Copenhagen, Handel Messiah with Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Sinfonietta Riga, Tafelmusik Toronto, RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Vivaldi Venetian Vespers with Kammerchor Stuttgart and various projects with Collegium Vocale Ghent under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe and Gli Angeli Geneve under Stephan McLeod, Bach Mass in B minor on a European tour and at the Salzburg Festival with Collegium Vocale Gent and Herreweghe, Haydn Creation with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO, Schumann Requiem with Richard Egarr and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Evangelist in St Matthew Passion on tour with the Netherlands Bach Society, and Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican. He also sang Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and travelled to Australia to sing the Christmas Oratorio with the Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Hobbs performed Bach, Britten and Haydn with the Israel Camerata, sang Handel Alexander’s Feast with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, as well as Bach programmes with Gli Angeli Geneve, La Chapelle Harmonique, Dunedin Consort at Wigmore Hall, and with the Milan Symphony Orchestra.


    On the opera stage, Hobbs performed a critically acclaimed Telemachus in Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses in a new production for English National Opera conducted by Jonathan Cohen, Apollo and Shepherd in Monteverdi Orfeo in semi-staged performances with Richard Egarr and the AAM and the title role in Britten Albert Herring and Ferrando in Mozart Così fan tutte.


    Hobbs’ ever-expanding discography includes Bach Trinitas with Le Banquet Céleste, Mass in B Minor with both CVG and Dunedin Consort, Bach Motets, Leipzig cantatas and Christmas Oratorio with CVG, Christmas Oratorio with Dunedin Consort, Bach Weimar Cantatas with Alia Mens, Handel Acis et Galatea and Esther with Dunedin Consort and Beethoven Mass in C with Stuttgart Kammerchor. His recordings of Handel Chandos Anthems with Stephen Layton and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mozart Requiem with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort have been universally praised, with the latter receiving the 2014 Gramophone Award for best Choral recording.

    2023/24 season / 473 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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Opera repertoire

Arne
Title role Alfred


Britten
Title role Albert Herring
Lysander/Flute* A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Prologue/Quint* Turn of the Screw
Novice* Billy Budd
Madwoman* Curlew River
Hotel Porter* Death in Venice
Bob Boles* Peter Grimes
Spirit of the Masque* Gloriana
Male Chorus* The Rape of Lucretia


Cavalli
Egeo Giasone 


Handel
Jupiter Semele
Acis/Damon Acis and Galatea
Septimius Theodora
Bajazet* Tamerlano
Grimoaldo* Rodelinda
Alessandro Poro


Haydn
Fileno La Fedelta Premiata


Janáček
Janek The Makropoulos Case


Monteverdi
Telemaco Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria
Soldato 1 L’incoronazione di Poppea
Title role* Orfeo
Pastore 1/Apollo Orfeo 


Mozart
Christgeist Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots
Belfiore* La Finta Giardinera
Marzio* Mitridate
Alessandro Il re Pastore
Don Ottavio Don Giovanni
Don Curzio/Basilio Le nozze di Figaro
Ferrando Cosi fan tutte


Purcell
Various The Fairy Queen
Various King Arthur


Rossini
Alberto L’occasione fa il ladro
Ramiro La Cenerentola
Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia


Stravinsky
Tom Rakewell* The Rake’s Progress

Concert repertoire

Bach, J.S.
St Mark Passion
Mass in B Minor
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
Magnificat
Mass in G Minor
Christmas Oratorio
Cantatas (various)


Bach, C.P.E.
Magnificat


Beethoven
Choral Symphony


Berlioz 
Te Deum


Bruckner
Mass in F


Charpentier
Te Deum
Messe de Minuit


Dvořák
Stabat Mater


Gounod
Messe de St Caecile


Handel
Jephtha
Chandos Anthems
Messiah

Judas Maccabaeus
Samson
Israel in Egypt
Foundling Hospital Anthem
Sing Unto God
Dixit Dominus


Haydn 
Nelson Mass
Missa Cellensis
Paukenmesse
Creation


Mendelssohn 
Elijah
Paulus


Monteverdi 
Vespers


Mozart
Requiem
Mass in C Minor
Vespers
Missa Brevis in D


Purcell 
Dido and Aeneas


Rachmaninov
Vespers


Rossini
Stabat Mater


Schubert
Mass in G


Schutz 
Christmas Story


Stainer 
The Crucifixion


Stravinsky 
Pulcinella


Vivaldi
Magnificat
Dixit Dominus

Recital repertoire

Beethoven
Adelaïde
An die ferne geliebte (op.98)


Berkeley
Songs of the Half-Light


Britten
St Nicolas
Les Illuminations

Serenade
Rejoice in the Lamb
Canticles
War Requiem
Holy Sonnets of John Donne
Folk Song Arrangements
Winter Words
Folksongs for Guitar and Voice


Browne
To Gratiana dancing and singing


Dowland
Various lute-songs


Finzi
A Young Man’s Exhortation
Dies Natalis

O Fair to See


Gurney
I will go with my father a-ploughing
Sleep
Down by the Salley Gardens
Black Stitchel


Messiaen
La Mort du Nombre


Mozart
An Chloë
Abendempfindung
Dans un bois solitaire
An Die Freude
Komm, lieber Zither, komm
Das Lied Der Trennung
Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt (K619)
Das Traumbild


Poulenc
Bleuet


Schubert
Die Schöne Müllerin
Schwanengesang
Nacht und Träume
An die Musik
Nachtstück


Schumann
Liederkreis, Op.39


Strauss
Songs Op.10


Vaughan Williams
On Wenlock Edge
Silent Noon
Orpheus with his lute


Walton
Anon, In Love


Wolf
Mörike Lieder

"Thomas Hobbs managed to claim his worth and showed a fine and refined vocal line and a style marked by the most absolute delicacy."

Nuvol, May 2023

"...Thomas Hobbs’s mellifluous tenor radiates quiet reassurance as the aria ‘Das Blut, so meine Schuld durchstreicht’ unfolds."

BBC Music Magazine, June 2023

"From his first aria, Thomas Hobbs shows a great mastery of Purcell 's music by his ease in inserting himself into the ground of the musicians. His well-projected voice is agile, his phrasing fluid and his diction natural."

Olyrix, March 2022

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Zara Fyfe-Williams (on maternity leave)
Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera



Isabella Gage
Senior Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9925
igage@intermusica.com

Billie Allin
Assistant Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9903
ballin@intermusica.com

All artists

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Harpsichord

Richard Egarr

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles

Saxophone

Jess Gillam

Contralto

Avery Amereau