B i o g r a p h y
Thomas Cannon is attracting attention as an important young singer with a unique vocal timbre, exquisite musicianship, and sensitive artistic expression. He has been recognized for his “strong and striking” stage presence and has performed with The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Music Academy of the West. He has recently appeared as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Scarpia in Tosca, and was a “riveting” Escamillo in Carmen. At Fort Worth Opera, his heartfelt and moving Porgy made “time stand still” in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. He was “entertainer extraordinaire” as Figaro in Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles. Thomas will soon perform multiple roles in the new American opera, Fellow Travelers at Arizona Opera.
Mr. Cannon has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall as soloist: in Verdi’s Requiem, to benefit victims of Japan’s Earthquake; and with The American Symphony Orchestra, in Delius’ Eine Messe des Lebens. He’s been a soloist with The St. Cecilia Chorus of NY, singing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Shubert’s Stabat Mater (D. 383). Elsewhere, he has performed a host of oratorio and orchestra works including: Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah.
He is a graduate of Baylor University and The Juilliard School. Thomas is currently perusing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Oklahoma University. Notable teachers include: Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Marlena Malas, Kim Josephson, Dr. John Van Cura and Sherrill Milnes.
Mr. Cannon has garnered awards from: The Dallas Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera, The Anna Sosenko Foundation, West Palm Beach Opera, Opera Birmingham, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Thomas grew up in the small town of Hahnville, Louisiana.