The English baritone, Thomas Guthrie, began singing as a boy under George Guest at St John's College Cambridge. He then returned to Cambridge to read Classics at Trinity before winning a scholarship to study at the RNCM, where he won prizes including the Fassbaender Award for Lieder, the Schubert Prize, and an ESU scholarship to study with Thomas Allen in Chicago.
Described in the Independent as ‘a terrific baritone’, in the Times as ‘outstanding’ and in Opera magazine as ‘superb’, Thomas Guthrie has received critical acclaim at the highest level for his performances in opera, recital and oratorio. Highlights include critically acclaimed debuts at the South Bank and the Wigmore Hall and regular appearances there afterwards, Judas in Jonathan Miller's televised production of Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Dichterliebe and Die Schöne Müllerin with Simon Over in St John's Smith Square, and the Good Friday St John Passion, conducted by Stephen Layton, broadcast on BBC Radio Three. Last year he sang solos for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in Santiago and Oporto, toured to Colombia with Sonnerie, and recordings of Rameau Cantatas, Biber and Charpentier for ASV. His recording of Biber with Sonnerie was awarded a Gramophone Award in 2002. He is delighted to have become a regular soloist with Florilegium, with whom he has sung in festivals in France, USA and England, and with Sonnerie, with whom he has appeared many times at the Wigmore Hall.
Thomas Guthrie’s roles include title role in Don Giovanni and Count (Marriage of Figaro) for Jessie's Fund, Papageno (Magic Flute) for Opera Theatre Company, Ferryman (Curlew River - cover) for Opera de Rouen, Denisov (War and Peace) at the 1999 Spoleto Festival (recorded by Chandos), Mr Jenks (The Tender Land) at the Barbican, and Sir Hugh Evans (Sir John in Love) all for Richard Hickox, Cold Genius (King Arthur), Drunken Poet (Fairy Queen), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), various roles for Bampton Classical Opera, Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), and Duke (Gondoliers) for Cambridge Chamber Opera, and Mister Gedge (Albert Herring) while still at college. He has sung Hel Helson (Paul Bunyan) and Sir Henry Cuffe (Gloriana) for Richard Hickox at the St Endellion Festival and has been a member of Glyndebourne Festival Chorus. Recently he performed in Tête à Tête/Streetwise Opera's acclaimed Britten Canticles at Westminster Abbey. He has also had success as a director for Bampton Classical Opera for the last two years, including a production of W.A. Mozart's Impresario at St John's Smith Square.
Thomas Guthrie is becoming known increasingly as a recitalist of distinction. Alongside his work with Peter Seymour at York University, where he is researching ornamentation in early Lieder, he performs regularly with Paul Plummer, Gary Cooper and with many of the other leading accompanists of the day, including Richard Pearce, Julius Drake, Simon Over and Christopher Glynn. Recent performances include Winterreise at the Purcell Room, Die Schöne Müllerin and Dichterliebe at St John's Smith Square, and recitals at festivals in York, Hampstead, Swaledale, St Endellion. He and Paul Plummer performed the final concert in this year's (2004) Oxford Lieder Festival, together with recitals in Scotland and London.
Plans include work in New York, Bolivia and the Wigmore Hall.