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Thomas Oliemans

Thomas Oliemans

Born in Amsterdam in 1977, the Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, coached by Margreet Honig. He continued his studies with KS Robert Holl, Elio Battaglia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. 

He made his professional opera debut aged 24 with the Nationale Reisopera of The Netherlands as the Father in Hans Werner Henze’s Pollicino. He returned as Minos in Händel’s Arianna in Creta and Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes.

In 2005 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Gonsalvo Fieschi in Schreker's Die Gezeichneten. Further important debuts followed in 2006 as Papageno in Mozart´s Die Zauberflöte with the Opera of Nantes and Angers, to great public and critical acclaim, and at the Opera de Genève as Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte. In that same year he also sang Frank Martin’s‘Suite aus: Der Sturm’ for baritone and big orchestra in Mulhouse.

Most recent appearances include his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden singing Schaunard in La Bohème, Papageno in a new production of Die Zauberflöte staged by esteemed director Simon McBurney at De Nederlandse Opera, Gunther in Götterdämmerung at the Nationale Reisopera, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Marcello in La Bohème at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Marcello in La Bohème at the Nationale Reisopera, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Scottish Opera, Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Maximilan in Candide and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia both at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Gent, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg and Frank in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at he Opéra national de Lorraine.

Future operatic engagements include Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste at Teatro Real in Madrid, Donner in Das Rheingold under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher at the Grand Théâtre de Genève0 and the title role in Don Giovanni at Theater St.Gallen. He will return to De Nederlandse Opera for Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Marc Albrecht. 

Most recent concert engagements include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Orchestre National de Lille, Christus in the Matthäus-Passion with the Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra, Frère Laurent in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra , Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, Mahler 8th Symphony with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Christus in the Johannes Passion with the Orchestra of the 18th century and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with Holland Symfonia.

Future concert performances include Shostakovich 14th Symphony with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the bass aria’s in the Matthäus-Passion with the Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra and Joseph in Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan.

Oliemans has worked with conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Hartmut Haenchen, Edo de Waart, Kent Nagano, Jaap van Zweden, Reinbert de Leeuw, Steven Sloane, James Gaffigan, Paul McCreesh and Yannick Nézet-Séguin As well as stagedirectors as Robert Carsen, Cristof Loy, Willy Decker, Pierre Audi, Philip Himmelman, Andrè Engel, Sir Thomas Allen and Stephen Langridge.

Being already a much sought-after recitalist known for his innovative programming, he gave recitals all over the world a.o. in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Vienna, Zürich, Lübeck, London, Tokyo, Paris and Wigmore Hall.