Thomas is quickly gaining a reputation as a prolific conductor across many genres. Newly appointed as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, he will be joining the music staff for both ballet and opera productions at Covent Garden and abroad. He has been Chorus Master for consecutive seasons with Longborough Festival Opera, working on their productions of The Flying Dutchman, Tristan and Isolde and Fidelio to critical acclaim. This winter will see him conduct Gianni Schicchi in Rugby.
In ballet he has been Assistant and Cover Conductor for Birmingham Royal Ballet in productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Variations, Elgar’s Enigma and Stephen Montague’s The King Dances (recorded for BBC Four) at Birmingham Hippodrome, Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Royal Albert Hall. He will be covering at The Royal Ballet for the performances of Mayerling, La Bayedere, Symphony in C, The Unknown Soldier, The Nutcracker and Don Quixote.
As Musical Director of many ensembles throughout the country, Thomas enjoys strong relationships with The Ludlow Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia, Shrewsbury Cantata Choir and Hereford String Orchestra as well as a guest conductor with Sinfonia of Birmingham. This season will focus on Russian composers, with Prokofiev’s 7th Symphony, Shostakovich’s 5th and Rachmaninov’s Piano concerto No.3 being particular highlights.
Thomas has conducted his own productions of Don Giovanni, Hänsel and Gretel, Acis and Galatea and Dido and Aeneas as well as scenes from many Britten operas such as Peter Grimes, The Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, The Rape of Lucretia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Owen Wingrave.
Contemporary music is also something at the forefront of Thomas’ interests. Having premiered works by Lluis Mather, and Ami Oprenova he has also premiered the operas of James Oldham (Off the Beaten Track, Bastien and Bastienne) and Ulf-Deither Soyka (Ninya). This summer he will conduct The Cloak and Dagger Affair by Edward Lambert for the Tête à Tête contemporary opera festival in London.