Thomas Cannon

Thomas Cannon

Character Baritone

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2014Verdi: La TraviataGiorgio Germont
2014Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2000Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLord Enrico Ashton
2000Puccini: Madama ButterflySharpless
2000Verdi: Il TrovatoreIl Conte di Luna


The young dramatic baritone called &ldquostrong and striking” by Opera Today, is currently an artist fellow at The Music Academy of the West. Thomas Cannon has continually gained recognition in technically demanding Bel Canto and Verdian roles, since completing his studies at The Juilliard School. He sang at Carnegie Hall in 2013 as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, to benefit victims of Japan’s Earthquake; while preparing Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) at Arizona Opera. Thomas was in residence with Arizona Opera for the 2012-‘13 season. Opera Today praised his “talent for characterization” in the role of Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro). He was also seen as Gregorio (Romeo et Juliette) and Sciarrone (Tosca). In addition to Conte di Luna; Thomas left AZO fully prepared with Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Germont (La Triaviata) which he returned to cover in 2014. Thomas was a young artist at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2012 where he stepped into the role of Aronte (Armide). This was a highly stylized French baroque opera performed in collaboration with Opera Atelier of Toronto. Opera News commended Mr. Cannon’s “forceful, throbbing voice.” In the same year he performed as a soloist with The Cecilia Chorus of NY, singing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Shubert’s Stabat Mater (D. 383). In 2010 – 2011; Thomas made a debut at Dallas Opera, singing Imperial Commissioner (Madam Butterfly). He performed a host of concert and oratorio work, including: Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, and Handel’s Messiah. He spent the summer of 2011 performing at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv-Israel; where he reprised the role of Mr. Gobineau (The Medium), his very first onstage role. This performance followed his debut at Opera Roanoke, where he sang the role of Sharpless (Madam Butterfly) Thomas has been a featured artist at; The Dallas Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The Crested-Butte Festival, The Chautauqua Institute, Opera North, Opera Roanoke, and The International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. As a recitalist, he has been called “expressive,” and an “emotional hotwire” Oberon’s Grove.  He is a noted dynamic competitor; garnering awards from: The Dallas Opera Guild (Encouragement Award), Chautauqua Opera (Guild Award), The Anna Sosenko Foundation, West Palm Beach Opera (Finalist), Opera Birmingham (Encouragement Award), and The Metropolitan Opera National Council (Regional Finalist). Thomas grew up in the small town of Hahnville, Louisiana. He is the oldest of three children and took to music at an early age; playing piano, trombone, and eventually focusing in on drums/ percussion and singing. He went on to graduate with degrees in voice from Baylor University (2006) and The Juilliard School (2008), on full scholarship.  Notable teachers include: Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Marlena Malas, and Sherrill Milnes.
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: La Traviata Giorgio Germont Arizona Opera Company (Phoenix) 2014
Bizet: Carmen Escamillo Music Academy of the West 2014
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Lord Enrico Ashton 2000
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Sharpless 2000
Verdi: Il Trovatore Il Conte di Luna 2000