Thomas J Mayer
German baritone Thomas Johannes Mayer first studied history, German language and literature, music education and philosophy, before beginning his vocal training at the College of Music in Cologne with Liselotte Hammes and Kurt Moll.
Following on from initial engagements in Regensburg and Darmstadt, Thomas J. Mayer enjoyed acclaim at the municipal theatre in Basel in the title role of Mozart's opera ›DON GIOVANNI‹ and as Achilles in Othmar Schoeck's ›PENTHESILEA‹ (director: Hans Neuenfels). Thomas J. Mayer was also greatly praised when he played Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner's ›THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG‹ at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe and the title role in Hindemith's ›MATHIS DER MALER‹. In the 2008/09 season he moved to the Hamburg State Opera, where he played a number of roles including the four villains (LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN), Mandryka (ARABELLA), Kaspar (DER FREISCHÜTZ), Jochanaan (SALOME), Wotan (DIE WALKÜRE), Rigoletto and Scarpia (TOSCA).
Thomas J. Mayer has been a freelance artist since 2010.
His international career began in the 2007/08 season, playing the title role in Berg's ›WOZZECK‹ (directed by Jürgen Flimm) at La Scala in Milan, where he was susequently engaged as Posa for the new production of ›DON CARLOS‹ in December 2008/09.
Since then, Thomas Johannes Mayer has guested at many opera houses including De Nederlands Opera in Amsterdam, the theatre in Basel, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the State Opera Unter den Linden and Komische Oper in Berlin, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, the Aalto Theater Essen, the Hamburg State Opera, the opera houses in Cologne and Leipzig, La Scala in Milan, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Opéra National de Paris, the New National Theatre Tokyo, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Theater an der Wien, the Zurich Opera House and at the Bregenz Music Festival, the Herodus Atticus festival in Athens, the Bayreuth Festival (2012, 2013, 2014) and the Salzburg Festival (2010 and 2011).
Highlights of his career so far have been his Wotan/Wanderer at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (musical direction: Kent Nagano), Wotan at the State Opera Unter den Linden (musical direction: Daniel Barenboim), his Wotan at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (musical direction: Sir Simon Rattle) his Amfortas (musical direction: Donald Runnicles), his Wotan/Wanderer at the Opéra National de Paris (musical direction: Philippe Jordan) and his Wotan (musical direction: Zubin Mehta) in Valencia.
The 2014/2015 season saw Thomas J. Mayer as Barak in DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN at the Zurich Opera and the Leipzig Opera and singing the role of Mandryka in Strauss's ARABELLA in a new presentation at the Munich Opera Festival and returning as Wotan/Wanderer in a repeat of Wagner's RING DES NIBELUNGEN at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
2015/2016 brought a guest appearance as Wotan in THE RHINEGOLD with the Odense Symfoniorkester and an acclaimed role debut as Moses in Schoenberg's MOSES UND ARON at the Opéra National de Paris. At Munich's Bavarian State Opera, Thomas J. Mayer was back as Mandryka in ARABELLA, Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner's RING and as Telramund in LOHENGRIN. The 2016 Bayreuth Festival welcomed him in the title role of the Dutchman in Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN.
2016/2017 sees Thomas J. Mayer back with the Odense Symfoniorkester in a guest appearance as Wanderer in Wagner's SIEGFRIED, at the Leipzig Opera as Mandryka in ARABELLA and as Wotan in DIE WALKÜRE, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Amfortas in PARSIFAL and at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brüssel as Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY. At the Opéra National de Paris, Herr Mayer will be singing Thoas in Gluck's opera IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, the parts of Vautrin/Trompe-la-Mort/Jacques Collin in Luca Francesconi's TROMPE-LA-MORT and Misgir in Rimsky-Korsakov's SNEGUROCHKA (The Snow Maiden). In a gala performance at the the State Theatre of Lower Saxony in Hanover he will play the Dutchman in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER. Before Thomas J. Mayer embodies the Wanderer in SIEGFRIED at the 2017 Bayreuth Festival he will be making a guest appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Wotan in a concert performance of Wagner's RHEINGOLD.
Thomas J. Mayer has worked with famous conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Stefan Soltesz, Christian Thielemann and Simone Young.