Listening and discussion begin at 2:00 PM.

Our Own Christopher Corwin wrote in 2018:

While Oropesa has enjoyed numerous past Met engagements, Thomas’s there have been so few I have had to go elsewhere to enjoy his evolving artistry—from Peter Sellars’s misbegotten Zaïde at the Mostly Mozart Festival to the New Jersey Symphony for a breathtakingly heroic Das Lied von der Erde.

His lustrous and sly Loge was the surprise revelation of the New York Philharmonic’s Das Rheingold last year while his stirring Calaf try-out in a third act of Turandot at Bard Summerscape left us wanting the entire thing. A particular highlight of that performance was his young son in the audience squealing in delight at the opening strains of “Nessun dorma”!

Following Masnadieri’s Carlo and both Foresto and Uldino in Attila at the Met, Thomas has recently been taking on more heroic Verdi roles including Stiffelio in Frankfurt and a sensitive, stricken Don Carlo I heard in DC several months ago.

Verdi: I Masnadieri

Washington Concert Opera
22 September 2013

Amalia: Lisette Oropesa
Carlo: Russell Thomas
Francesco: Scott Hendricks
Massimiliano: Hao Jiang Tian
Moser: Soloman Howard

Conductor: Anthony Walker

This recording was removed at the request of Washington Concert Opera.