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Thomas Moser (Tenor)

Born: May 27, 1945 - Richmond, Virginia, USA

The American tenor, Thomas Moser, studied at the Richmond Professional Institute in Virginia, the Curtis Institute of Music in Phildelphia and the Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. He then completed his musical studies with Martial Singher, Gérard Souzay and Lotte Lehmann. In 1974 he was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

In 1975 Thomas Moser made his European opera debut in Graz Landestheater. In 1976 he appeared as W.A. Mozart's Belmonte with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He made his 1977 debut at the Vienna State Opera, of which he is now a member. His many roles in Vienna have included W.A. W.A. Mozartís Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Titus, Idomeneo and Lucio Silla, Straussí Flamand (Capriccio) and Henry, and Gluck's Achilles. In in recent years he has added Florestan (Fidelio), Fritz (Der Ferne Klang) and Erik (Der Fliegende Holländer). In 1988 he was awarded the title of Vienna State Operaís Kammersänger.

Thomas Moser made his first appearance with the New York City Opera in 1979 as Titus. In 1983 he sang at the Salzburg Festival, returning there in 1984 to create the role of the tenor in Luciano Berio's Un re in ascolto. In 1985 he made his debut at Milan's La Scala as Tamino. In 1986 he sang for the first time at the Rome Opera as Achilles. In 1988 he appeared in the title role of Schubert's Fierrabras at the Theater an der Wien. In 1992 he sang the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten in Geneva.

Thomas Moser is now a regular guest at the opera houses of Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Stuttgart, Rome, Geneva and Los Angeles. Past highlights have included Idomeneo and Iphigénie en Tauride (Pylade) at the Paris Opera; Die Zauberflöte, Fidelio and Cherubiniís Lodoïska (Titzikan) at Milanís La Scala; as well as Fidelio, Oedipus Rex and Die Frau ohne Schatten (the Emperor) at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals. Among his most recent engagements are La Damnation de Faust in Munich, Lyon and Paris; Ariadne auf Naxos (Bacchus) and Carmen (Don José) at the Metropolitan Opera; a debut at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden in the title role of Pfitznerís Palestrina (with a reprise of the part for New Yorkís Lincoln Center Festival); the title roles of Parsifal and Lohengrin in Paris; Carmen and Lohengrin in Geneva; and Peter Grimes (title role) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Thomas Moser is also a highly acclaimed recitalist, recording artist and concert performer. As a concert artist, he appeared with leading North American and European orchsestras. His work in these areas has included engagements conducted by Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Erich Leinsdorf, Stein, Charles Mackerras, Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan. He has recently recorded La Damnation de Faust under Kent Nagano, as well as Carmen and Arnold Schoenbergís Gurrelieder led by Giuseppe Sinopoli.

Thomas Moserís expansive operatic and concert repertoire ranges from early music to the cosmopolitan avant-garde.

Source: San Francisco Opera Website (1998-1999); Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
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Aryeh Oron (July 2004); Matthias Hansen (Photo - November 2007)

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Links to other Sites

Artist Bio: Thomas Moser (San Francisco Opera)
Thomas Moser - Tenor (IMG Artists)

staats oper unter den linden - Thomas Moser [German]

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