Elgan Llyr Thomas - tenor

Tenor Elgan Llŷr Thomas is from North Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he gained a first class honours degree. He is currently on a postgraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the tutelage of Susan McCulloch, supported by the Ashley Family Foundation and the Ryan Davies Memorial Trust. In September 2014 he will continue his studies on the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course.

In May 2012, Elgan became one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. He followed this by winning four major competitions for under twenty five years of age at the 2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales, namely the Blue Riband Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize, the operatic solo competition, the welsh solo competition and the music theatre solo competition. He was also awarded the David Lloyd and Jean Skidmore Memorial prize for the most promising tenor at the Eisteddfod and the London Male Choir Scholarship. Previous prizes and awards include the Urdd National Eisteddfod Bryn Terfel Scholarship and the music theatre solo competition in the 2010 Urdd National Eisteddfod of Wales. During his first year at the RNCM, he won the Elsie Thurston Prize and represented the College at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award in October 2009 and the Clonter Opera Prize in 2012.

Roles include Count Almaviva- Il Barbiere di Siviglia (OPRA Cymru), Johnny Inkslinger- Paul Bunyan (WNYO), Selimo (cover)- Maometto Secondo (Garsington Opera), Macduff- Macbeth (OPRA Cymru) and Albert Herring- Albert Herring (RNCM).

Opera scenes at the RNCM and GSMD include Jaquino in FidelioLysander in A Midsummer Night’s DreamRoméo in Roméo et JulietteTelemaco in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.  Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Prunier in La Rondine, Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Rodolfo in La Boheme.

Performing highlights include appearing in concert with Bryn Terfel at Bangor University and singing a duet with Bryn on his 2010 Christmas TV show for Welsh TV channel, S4C. In November 2012 Elgan was invited to sing Schoenberg’s opus 2 Vier Lieder at the Barbican Hall in London as part of the London Symphony Orchestra series. He was also selected by the Guildhall to sing as part of the semi-chorus in Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette with the LSO conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Currently Elgan is covering the role of Lampwick in The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Guildhall. He will also return to Garsington Opera this summer to understudy the role of Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert.

See www.elganthomas.co.uk for more information