New Zealand tenor Thomas Atkins is a recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 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 exciting company debuts as Rodolfo La bohème with Opera North and Gothenburg Opera; as Alfredo La Traviata with Israeli Opera; and as Jaquino Fidelio at Glyndebourne Festival. On the concert platform he will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Richard Farnes at the Barbican for a performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Beethoven’s Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall.
Last season Atkins starred as Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Opéra de Montpellier and Rodolfo La bohème at New Zealand Opera. He returned to Royal Opera House for performances of La Traviata and to the Glyndebourne Festival for their new production of Die Zauberflöte. On the concert platform he joined Marin Alsop and the London Symphony Orchestra in performances of Bernstein’s Candide as well as appearing in the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Gala at Wigmore Hall and making his debut with Opera Rara as Empsaele Il Paria at the Barbican with the Britten Sinfonia under the baton of Sir Mark Elder.
“When Thomas Atkins’s Don Jose answers her, it’s with singing of commensurate beauty”
The Independent, November 2017
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.
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.