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Karen Durant



Thursday, 17 March 2005

    Gwion Thomas




The baritone, Gwion Thomas gave up a career in banking to study singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

His operatic roles have included Figaro in Barber of Seville and First Mate in John Metcalf's Tornrak for Welsh National Opera.  He also sang Maitra and Presiding Judge in Param Vir's double bill, Snatched from the Gods and Broken Strings and more recently the role of William Godwin in the Sally Beamish's Monster for Scottish Opera.  He has performed several roles for Kent Opera, such as Chao Lin in Judith Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes and the title role in Monteverdi's Orfeo.  For Music Theatre Wales his numerous roles included Mr Punch in their acclaimed production of Punch and Judy, Blazes in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse, Pasternak in The Electrification of the Soviet Union and Hermes in Param Vir's Ion, which was a joint production with the National Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg and the Berlin Festival.  He has also recently performed the Pasternak in The Electrification of the Soviet Union for Opera Vest in Norway and Blazes in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse for Transparant Muziektheater in Antwerp.

On the concert platform he has performed the role of Chao Lin in A Night at the Chinese Opera for Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Boatswain in HMS Pinafore at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Roger Norrington and the Journalist in Lulu in the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis.

Future engagements include singing the role of British Army Officer 1 in Nigel Osborne's The Piano Tuner for Music Theatre Wales in 2004, which is a joint production with the Royal Opera House.

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