Thompson, Adrian

London-born Adrian Thompson is an artist of extraordinary versatility with a wide-ranging opera, concert and recital repertoire of works from the renaissance to the present day. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is now a professor of vocal studies.

His numerous opera appearances have included the title role of Peter Grimes, Skuratov from The House Of The Dead for Oper Frankfurt, Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House; Florestan Fidelio, and Scribe in Khovanshchina for Welsh National Opera as well as concert performances as Grigory in Boris Godunov at The Brighton Festival and Bacchus in Ariadne Auf Naxos at The Barbican.

Adrian has performed amongst others with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Badisches Staatstheater, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, New Israeli Opera, and The Netherlands Opera. During his career he has worked with many distinguished conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, Harry Christophers, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Hickox, and Sir Colin Davis.

He is particularly associated with the works of Britten and Elgar and his repertoire also includes Beethoven 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem as well as the Evangelists of Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions. Adrian Thompson has made many appearances as recitalist at the Wigmore Hall and at festivals in the UK and Europe with pianists Graham Johnson, Iain Burnside and harpist Ossian Ellis. His recordings include works by Vaughan Williams and Gurney, Janácek’s The Eternal Gospel and Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin.