New Zealand tenor Thomas Atkins is a recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has attracted serious attention from the onset of his studies and has been kindly supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. This season sees Atkins making company and role debuts as Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Opéra de Montpellier and as Rodolfo La bohème with New Zealand Opera. He also returns to Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne Festival, where he was a Jerwood Artist in 2016. On the concert platform he joins Marin Alsop and the London Symphony Orchestra in performances of Bernstein’s Candide.
Concert appearances include performances at the Yakushiji Otobutai in Japan with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Tippett A Child of Our Time, Mozart Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor, Handel Messiah, Verdi Requiem at Walthamstow Town Hall, Mozart Requiem in Switzerland, Rossini Stabat Mater and Opera Galas in Budapest.
“When Thomas Atkins’s Don Jose answers her, it’s with singing of commensurate beauty”
The Independent, November 2017
At the Royal Opera House Atkins’ roles include Roderigo Otello, Pilade Oreste, Faninal’s Major Domo Der Rosenkavalier, Poisson Adriana Lecouvreur, Enrique The Exterminating Angel, First Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Don José La Tragédie de Carmen (Wilton's Music Hall), Teacher Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and 2nd Brabant Noble Lohengrin.
Atkins was a finalist in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Gold Medal in 2015 and is the recipient of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama award, Sheila Prior Prize, the Phoebe Patrick Award and the Vianden International Summer School Award, all from the 2012 IFAC Australian Singing Competition.