Thomas Harper

born 1950 Oklahoma

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He studied saxophone and clarinet in Los Angeles; his voice was discovered in the university choir, so he studied singing in Kansas City. He began as a chorister at the theater of Lucerne, where he sang the occasional solo part. He was a comprimario in Coburg (1982–85) and Kaiserslautern (1985–87).

When he came to the theater of Hagen in 1987, he already sang main roles, and so did he in Dortmund (from 1991). He sang minimum until 2005.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

Repertory excerpts: Das Rheingold (Mime, Loge), Siegfried (Mime), Hänsel und Gretel (Witch), La bohème, Pagliacci, La Juive, Boris Godunov, Rigoletto, Parsifal, Aida, Don Giovanni, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Der ferne Klang...

Cities where he sang as a guest: Seattle, Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nürnberg, Saarbrücken, Essen, Geneva, Torino, Treviso, Santiago, Dallas, Erl festival, Darmstadt.

Thomas Harper sings Aida: Celeste Aida
In RA format

From information available, there is no evidence that he was really strangled right while singing the last note of this Celeste Aida recording, though that's precisely what it sounds like.
Thomas Harper sings Turandot: Nessun dorma
In RA format

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