Thomas J. Mayer

Vita

German baritone Thomas Johannes Mayer first studied history, German language and literature, music education and philosophy, before beginning his vocal training at the College of Music in Cologne with Liselotte Hammes and Kurt Moll.

 

Following on from initial engagements in Regensburg and Darmstadt, Thomas J. Mayer enjoyed acclaim at the municipal theatre in Basel in the title role of Mozart’s opera DON GIOVANNI and as Achilles in Othmar Schoeck’s PENTHESILEA (director: Hans Neuenfels). Thomas J. Mayer was also greatly praised when he played Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe and the title role in Hindemith’s MATHIS DER MALER. In the 2008/09 season he moved to the Hamburgischen Staatsoper, where he played a number of roles including the four villains (LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN), Mandryka (ARABELLA), Kaspar (DER FREISCHÜTZ), Jochanaan (SALOME), Wotan (DIE WALKÜRE), Rigoletto and Scarpia (TOSCA).

 

Thomas J. Mayer has been a freelance artist since 2010.

 

His international career began in the 2007/08 season, playing the title role in Berg’s WOZZECK (directed by Jürgen Flimm) at La Scala in Milan, where he was susequently engaged as Posa for the new production of DON CARLOS in December 2008/09.

 

Since then, Thomas Johannes Mayer has guested at many opera houses including De Nederlands Opera in Amsterdam, the Theater Basel, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Royal Opera House Covent Gaden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Komische Oper in Berlin, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, the Aalto Theater Essen, the Hamburgischen Staatsoper, the opera houses in Cologne and Leipzig, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Bayerischen Staatsoper in Munich, the Opéra National de Paris, the New National Theatre Tokyo, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Theater an der Wien, the Opernhaus in Zurich and at the Bregenz Music Festival, the Herodus Atticus festival in Athens, the Bayreuth Festival (2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018), the Salzburg Festival (2010 and 2011), the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Odense Symfoniorkester.

 

His repertoire encompasses both the great Strauss and Wagner roles such as Barak (DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN), Jochanaan (SALOME), Mandryka (ARABELLA), Amfortas (PARSIFAL), Telramund (LOHENGRIN), Wotan/Wanderer (THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG), Dutchman (THE FLYING DUTCHMAN) as well as roles such as Moses in Schoenberg’s MOSES AND AARON, Thoas in Gluck’s opera IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS and Mizguir in Rimsky-Korsakov’s THE SNOW MAIDEN.

 

Recent engagements include his debut as Hans Sachs in a new production of Richard Wagner´s DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Scarpia in Puccini´s TOSCA at Opernhaus in Zurich, Telramund in a new production of LOHENGRIN and Jochanaan in Strauss´ SALOME at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Don Pizarro in Beethoven´s FIDELIO in Copenhagen. Furthermore he sang Graf Andrae Vitelozzo Tamare in Franz Schreker´s DIE GEZEICHNETEN at the Opernhaus in Zurich, Telramund in Wagner´s LOHENGRIN at the National Theatre in Prag and at the Bayreuth Festival, Wassermann in Dvorák´s RUSALKA at the Opéra national de Paris, the title role in Manfred Trojahn´s OREST, Don Pizarro (FIDELIO) and Amfortas (PARSIFAL) Pizarro in a new production of LEONORE at the Wiener Staatsoper, Wotan (THE VALKYRIE) at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Mandryka (ARABELLA) and the title role in Wagner´s THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at the Oper Leipzig.

 

Thomas J. Mayer has worked with famous conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, Vladimir Jurowski, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Stefan Soltesz, Christian Thielemann and Simone Young.

 

2022-04-01

Repertoire

Beethoven FIDELIO Don Fernando, Don Pizarro
  LEONORE (original version of “Fidelio”) Pizarro
Berg LULU Athlet, Tierbändiger
  WOZZECK Wozzeck
Bizet CARMEN Dancairo, Escamillo
Braunfels DER TRAUM EIN LEBEN Zaza
Britten A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Demetrius, Snug
Cavalli LA CALISTO Giove
de Falla EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO Don Quijote
Donizetti L’ELISIR D’AMORE Belcore
  VIVA LA MAMMA Prospero
Dvořák RUSALKA Der Wassermann
Gershwin PORGY AND BESS Porgy
Gluck IPHIGENIE AUF TAURIS Thoas
Gounod ROMÉO ET JULIETTE Mercutio
Grieg PEER GYNT Peer Gynt
Händel ACIS AND GALATEA Polyphem
  ALCINA Melisso
Hindemith MATHIS DER MALER Mathis
Humperdinck HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Vater
Krenek KARL V. Karl V., Luther, Solimann
Leoncavallo I PAGLIACCI Toni
Ligeti LE GRAND MACABRE Nekrotzar
Lortzing DER WILDSCHÜTZ Graf von Eberbach
  ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN Peter I.
Mascagni CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Alfio
Mozart BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE Colas
  COSÌ FAN TUTTE Guglielmo
  DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Papageno, Sprecher
  DON GIOVANNI Don Giovanni
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Graf Almaviva
  ZAIDE Allazim
Mussorgsky BORIS GODUNOW Schtschelkalow
Nessler DER TROMPETER VON SÄCKINGEN Werner
Nicolai DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR Herr Fluth
Offenbach LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle, Dapertutto
  BARKOUF Grand Mogul
Orff CARMINA BURANA Bariton
Pfitzner PALESTRINA Carlo Borromeo
Prokofjew DIE LIEBE ZU DEN 3 ORANGEN Tschelio
Puccini MADAMA BUTTERFLY Der kaiserliche Kommissar, Sharpless
  TOSCA Scarpia
Purcell KING ARTHUR Guillamar
Rameau DARDANUS Anténor
  LES PALADINS Orcan
Rimski-Korsakov SNEGUROCKA Mizguir
Rossini IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Fiorello
  LA CENERENTOLA Don Magnifico
Schneider ALBERT – WARUM Hans
Schnittke LEBEN MIT EINEM IDIOTEN Mann (Ich)
Schoeck PENTHESILEA Achilles
Schreker DER SCHATZGRÄBER Der Vogt
  DAS SPIELWERK UND DIE PRINZESSIN Meister Florian
  DIE GEZEICHNETEN Graf Andrae Vitelozza Tamare
Strauß DIE FLEDERMAUS Dr. Falke, Gabriel von Eisenstein
  DER ZIGEUNERBARON Homonay
Strauss ARABELLA Mandryka
  DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN Barak
  SALOME Jochanaan, 1. + 2. Soldat
Stumpf-Balden DER AUFTRAG Diktator
Trojahn ENRICO Dottore
  OREST Orest
Tschaikowski EUGEN ONEGIN Eugen Onegin
Ullmann DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS Kaiser
Verdi AIDA Amonasro
  DON CARLOS Posa
  IL TROVATORE Luna
  LA TRAVIATA Baron Douphol, Germont
  MACBETH Macbeth
  OTELLO Jago
  RIGOLETTO Rigoletto
  SIMON BOCCANEGRA Paolo Albiani
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD Wotan
  DIE WALKÜRE Wotan
  SIEGFRIED Wanderer
  DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER Holländer
  DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG Hans Sachs
  LOHENGRIN Friedrich von Telramund
  PARSIFAL Amfortas
  TANNHÄUSER Wolfram
  TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Kurwenal, Steuermann, Melot
Weber DER FREISCHÜTZ Kaspar, Ottokar
Weill AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY Bill
  DIE DREIGROSCHENOPER Macheath

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OPER LEIPZIG – DIE WALKÜRE

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OPERNHAUS ZÜRICH – TOSCA
Seen and Heard

…Thomas Johannes Mayer was a first-rate Scarpia, perhaps lacking on occasion some dark menace. Mayer is a seasoned Wagnerian and that explained his clear diction. His resonant baritone was always a delight… (John Rhodes 18.10.2021)


Bachtrack

…his “Sì, mi dicon venal” was one of the highlights of the evening. He showed very good technique, limited his screaming to an appropriate amount (a modicum of screaming is unavoidable in Tosca’s second act, by all singers) and managed to convey the villain’s demonic nature… (Laura Servidei – 07.10.2021)

 

 

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