Thomas Herndon

23 July 1937 Durham, North Carolina – 6 January 1981 Hamburg

Picture of Thomas Herndon
Vocal studies at Westminster College (New Jersey), in Philadelphia and Stuttgart, plus master classes with Dusolina Giannini in Zürich. Debut in 1964 as Ernesto at the Municipal Theater in Heidelberg, where he stayed until 1968. 1968/69 in Weimar, 1969–73 at the Stuttgart Staatsoper, then in Hamburg engagiert. 1976–80 a regular guest in Zürich. Further guest appearances at the Vienna and Munich State Operas, in Frankfurt, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Mannheim, Hannover, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg, in Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and at La Scala (in "Moses und Aron" by Schönberg).

His vast repertory included: Gounod's Faust, Cavaradossi, Turiddu, Canio, Riccardo, Manrico, Duca, Don Carlo, Tamino, Števa, Lenskij, Erik, Herodes, Ägisth and the President in "Kabale und Liebe" by Gottfried von Einem.

In 1980, he suffered a brain hemorrhage during a Palestrina performance in Hamburg, from which he died a few days later.

Source: Kutsch & Riemens

Thomas Herndon sings Il trovatore: Lodern zum Himmel
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