Thomas Hobbs tenor
Born in Exeter, Thomas Hobbs studied at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Neil Mackie, where he was awarded the RCM Peter Pears and Mason scholarships, and at the Royal Academy of Music under Ryland Davies, where he held a Kohn Bach Scholarship in addition to a full entrance scholarship. He was also awarded a Susan Chilcott Scholarship and has been made a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist. He was named an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company from the 2010/11 season.
Hobbs has performed and recorded with many leading ensembles including The Cardinall’s Musick, The Tallis Scholars, I Fagiolini, The Sixteen, Polyphony, Ensemble Plus Ultra, Ex-Cathedra and the Dunedin Consort, with whom he has recorded Handel's Acis et Galatea and Bach's Mass in B minor to critical acclaim. Hobbs works frequently with the Stuttgart Kammerchor, the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, and with Philippe Herreweghe and his acclaimed ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent, with whom he regularly tours throughout Europe and the US as a soloist performing key works of the 16th-18th centuries. He was also a member of the prestigous Académie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where he performed in concert with Louis Langrée and the Camerata Salzburg.
Hobbs’s operatic roles include the title role in Britten's Albert Herring, Acis in Handel's Acis and Galatea, Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Il Conte in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fileno in Haydn's La fedelta premiata, and a critically acclaimed Telemachus in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulissein a new production for English National Opera conducted by Jonathan Cohen. A keen recitalist, highlights include Brett Dean's Winter Songs at the Cheltenham Festival, Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge with the Edinburgh Quartet, Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin and Schumann's Liederkreis, a recital of Mozart songs at London’s Kings Place, and a recital of English song and German lieder for the Festival Accademia delle Crete Senesi in Tuscany.
In demand for his concert work, recent performances have included Bach's St Matthew Passion with Collegium Vocale and Mass in B minor with the Bach Akademie Stuttgart and the Freiburg Bachchor; the title role in Handel's Joshua with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and RIAS Kammerchor; Handel's Messiah with Le Concert Lorrain; Alessandro in Mozart's Il re pastore at Kings Place in concert with Classical Opera; Beethoven's Mass in C with the Stuttgart Kammerchor; and debuts with the Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestras.
Thomas Hobbs makes his debut with the Academy of Ancient Music in September 2013.