Tenor Russell Thomas, whose credits include the Metropolitan Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, has been named the 2014-15 artist-in-residence by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The one-year appointment is the first in a new initiative by the ASO.

russellThomas, 37, is charged with advocating for the orchestra through concerts, recitals, master classes and community engagement events. The lineup includes:

JAN. 11. A 3 p.m. recital with pianist Kyung-mi Kim at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur.

FEB. 7. A 3 p.m. recital with ASO members at Ebenezer Baptist Church in downtown Atlanta.

APRIL 19. A 3 p.m. recital with ASO musicians and members of the Morehouse College Glee Club at Morehouse’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.

Also this season, Thomas will sing in Peter Sellars’ production of The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the English National Opera; in Norma in Valencia, Spain; and in the title role of Faust at Michigan Opera Theatre. He’ll also return to the Metropolitan and Seattle operas, the Oper Frankfurt, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Canadian Opera Company and will make his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Thomas, a Miami native, began studying in 1995 at age 18. He’s a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Learn more HERE.



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Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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