Thomas J. Mayer

Vita

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), the Salzburg Festival (2010 and 2011), the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Odense Symfoniorkester.

His repertoire encompasses both the great Strauss and Wagner roles such as Barak (DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN), Jokanaan (SALOME), Mandryka (ARABELLA), Amfortas (PARSIFAL), Telramund (LOHENGRIN), Wotan/Wanderer (THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG), Dutchman (THE FLYING DUTCHMAN) as well as roles such as Moses in Schoenberg’s MOSES AND AARON, Thoas in Gluck’s opera IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS and Mizguir in Rimsky-Korsakov’s THE SNOW MAIDEN.

Future engagements include Telramund (LOHENGRIN) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Jokanaan (SALOME) at the Zurich Opera House and a role in a new production at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, his role debut as Sir John Falstaff at Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp/Ghent, his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Telramund in a new production of LOHENGRIN and Amfortas in PARSIFAL at the 2018 Bayreuth Festival.

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.

2017-09-01

Repertoire
Beethoven FIDELIO Don Fernando, Don Pizarro
Berg LULU Athlet,  Tierbändiger
WOZZECK Wozzeck
Bizet CARMEN Dancairo, Escamillo
Braunfels DER TRAUM EIN LEBEN Zaza
Britten A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Demetrius, Snug
Cavalli LA CALISTO Giove
de Falla EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO Don Quijote
Donizetti L'ELISIR D'AMORE Belcore
VIVA LA MAMMA Prospero
Gershwin PORGY AND BESS Porgy
Gluck IPHIGENIE AUF TAURIS Thoas
Gounod ROMÉO ET JULIETTE Mercutio
Grieg PEER GYNT Peer Gynt
Händel ACIS AND GALATEA Polyphem
ALCINA Melisso
Hindemith MATHIS DER MALER Mathis
Humperdinck HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Vater
Krenek KARL V. Karl V., Luther, Solimann
Leoncavallo I PAGLIACCI Toni
Ligeti LE GRAND MACABRE Nekrotzar
Lortzing DER WILDSCHÜTZ Graf von Eberbach
ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN Peter I.
Mascagni CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Alfio
Mozart BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE Colas
COSÌ FAN TUTTE Guglielmo
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Papageno, Sprecher
DON GIOVANNI Don Giovanni
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Graf Almaviva
ZAIDE Allazim
Mussorgsky BORIS GODUNOW Schtschelkalow
Nessler DER TROMPETER VON SÄCKINGEN Werner
Nicolai DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR Herr Fluth
Offenbach LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle, Dapertutto
BARKOUF Grand Mogul
Orff CARMINA BURANA Bariton
Pfitzner PALESTRINA Carlo Borromeo
Prokofjew DIE LIEBE ZU DEN 3 ORANGEN Tschelio
Puccini MADAMA BUTTERFLY Der kaiserliche Kommissar, Sharpless
TOSCA Scarpia
Purcell KING ARTHUR Guillamar
Rameau DARDANUS Anténor
LES PALADINS Orcan
Rossini IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Fiorello
LA CENERENTOLA Don Magnifico
Schneider ALBERT – WARUM Hans
Schnittke LEBEN MIT EINEM IDIOTEN Mann (Ich)
Schoeck PENTHESILEA Achilles
Schreker DAS SPIELWERK UND DIE PRINZESSIN Meister Florian
Strauß DIE FLEDERMAUS Dr. Falke, Gabriel von Eisenstein
DER ZIGEUNERBARON Homonay
Strauss ARABELLA Mandryka
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN Barak
SALOME Jochanaan, 1. + 2. Soldat
Stumpf-Balden DER AUFTRAG Diktator
Trojahn ENRICO Dottore
Tschaikowski EUGEN ONEGIN Eugen Onegin
Ullmann DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS Kaiser
Verdi AIDA Amonasro
DON CARLOS Posa
IL TROVATORE Luna
LA TRAVIATA Baron Douphol, Germont
MACBETH Macbeth
OTELLO Jago
RIGOLETTO Rigoletto
SIMON BOCCANEGRA Paolo Albiani
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD Wotan
DIE WALKÜRE Wotan
SIEGFRIED Wanderer
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER Holländer
LOHENGRIN Friedrich von Telramund
PARSIFAL Amfortas
TANNHÄUSER Wolfram
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Kurwenal, Steuermann, Melot
Weber DER FREISCHÜTZ Kaspar, Ottokar
Weill AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY Bill
DIE DREIGROSCHENOPER Macheath
Dates (This information is supplied without liability!)

2016

January
13 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka München, Bayerische Staatsoper
16 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka München, Bayerische Staatsoper
19 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka München, Bayerische Staatsoper
24 Richard Wagner: DIE WALKÜRE, Wotan Leipzig, Oper
31 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Berlin, Deutsche Oper

 

February
14 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Berlin, Deutsche Oper
20 Richard Wagner: THE VALKYRIE, Wotan Leipzig, Oper

 

March
20 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund München, Bayerische Staatsoper
24 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund München, Bayerische Staatsoper
27 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund München, Bayerische Staatsoper
31 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund München, Bayerische Staatsoper

 

April
no Dates
May
10 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Wien, Staatsoper
14 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Wien, Staatsoper
18 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Wien, Staatsoper
21 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Wien, Staatsoper
June
18 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka (Premiere) Leipzig, Oper
26 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka Leipzig, Oper
29 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka Leipzig, Oper
July
30 Richard Wagner: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Holländer Bayreuther Festspiele
August
03 Richard Wagner: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Holländer Bayreuther Festspiele
14 Richard Wagner: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Holländer Bayreuther Festspiele
18 Richard Wagner: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Holländer Bayreuther Festspiele
26 Richard Wagner: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Holländer Bayreuther Festspiele
September
09 Richard Wagner: SIEGFRIED, Wanderer Odense, Odense Symfoniorkester
18 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka Leipzig, Oper
October
16 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Berlin, Deutsche Oper
22 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Berlin, Deutsche Oper
30 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Berlin, Deutsche Oper
November
18 Richrd Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Hamburg,Staatsoper
December
02 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas (Premiere) Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
04 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
07 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
09 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
12 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
15 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
19 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
22 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
25 Christoph Willibald Gluck: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Thoas Paris, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier

2017

January
08 Richard Wagner: THE VALKYRIE, Wotan Leipzig, Oper
29 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka Leipzig, Oper
February
no Dates
March
18 Richard Wagner: THE VALKYRIE, Wotan Wiesbaden, Staatstheater
April
15 "Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov: SNEGUROCKA, Mizguir (Premiere) Paris, Opéra National de Paris
17 Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov: SNEGUROCKA, Mizguir Paris, Opéra National de Paris
20 Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov: SNEGUROCKA, Mizguir Paris, Opéra National de Paris
22 Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov: SNEGUROCKA, Mizguir Paris, Opéra National de Paris
25 Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov: SNEGUROCKA, Mizguir Paris, Opéra National de Paris
28 Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov: SNEGUROCKA, Mizguir Paris, Opéra National de Paris
30 Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov: SNEGUROCKA, Mizguir Paris, Opéra National de Paris
May
03 Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov: SNEGUROCKA, Mizguir Paris, Opéra National de Paris
14 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka Leipzig, Oper
20 Richard Wagner: DAS RHEINGOLD, Wotan Vienna, State Opera
21 Richard Wagner: DIE WALKÜRE, Wotan Vienna, State Opera
28 Richard Wagner: SIEGFRIED, Wanderer Vienna, State Opera
June
16 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka Leipzig, Oper
18 Richard Wagner: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Dutchman Hannover, Staatsoper
29 Richard Wagner: THE VALKYRIE, Wotan Leipzig, Oper
July
15 Richard Wagner: THE RHINEGOLD, Wotan Boston, Tanglewood Koussevitzky Music Shed
August
01 Richard Wagner: SIEGFRIED, Wanderer Bayreuth Festival
11 Richard Wagner: SIEGFRIED, Wanderer Bayreuth Festival
26 Richard Wagner: SIEGFRIED, Wanderer Bayreuth Festival
September
10 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Berlin, Deutsche Oper
16 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund Berlin, Deutsche Oper
28 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan Zurich, Operahaus
October
01 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan Zurich, Operahaus
08 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan Zurich, Operahaus
15 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan Zurich, Operahaus
November
no Dates
December
no Dates

2018

January
07 Richard Wagner: THE VALKYRIE, Wotan Leipzig, Oper
February
no Dates
March
04 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan (Premiere) Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden
08 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden
10 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden
14 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden
17 Richard Strauss: SALOME, Johanaan Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden
April
no Dates
May
no Dates
June
07 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund (Premiere) London, Royal Operahouse
10 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund London, Royal Operahouse
13 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund London, Royal Operahouse
17 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund London, Royal Operahouse
23 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund London, Royal Operahouse
28 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund London, Royal Operahouse
July
01 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Telramund London, Royal Operahouse
04 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka München, Bayerische Staatsoper
07 Richard Strauss: ARABELLA, Mandryka München, Bayerische Staatsoper
26 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Bayreuther Festspiele
August
01 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Bayreuther Festspiele
08 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Bayreuther Festspiele
14 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Bayreuther Festspiele
19 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Bayreuther Festspiele
25 Richard Wagner: PARSIFAL, Amfortas Bayreuther Festspiele

Media

 Trailer of Richard Strauss's ARABELLA on July 6, 2015 in the Nationaltheater
Musical direction: Philippe Jordan

Stage direction: Andreas Dresen
With Anja Harteros, Thomas J. Mayer, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller a.o.. Trailer by Tilo Krause


Opera.TV on Richard Wagner's DIE WALKÜRE, premièred on March 11, 2012 at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich.
Interviews with Thomas J. Mayer (Wotan), Katarina Dalayman (Brünnhilde), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Siegmund)