Damian Thantrey read law at Clare College, Cambridge and qualified as a lawyer before studying singing at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Kingsley. On leaving the RCM, Damian was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal and held the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship. He is continuing his studies with Paul Farrington.
Damian’s recent operatic roles have included Deputy Mayor (Roy Fiction) in the Royal Opera House premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole, Mr Lindquist A Little Night Music at the Theatre du Chatelet, Brother Seven Deadly Sins, Chau Lin A Night at the Chinese Opera and Eisenstein Die Fledermaus for Scottish Opera, Faiz Babur in London The Opera Group, Onegin Eugene Onegin Blackheath Halls, Ferdinand The Duenna English Touring Opera, Adonis Venus and Adonis La Nuova Musica, The English Clerk Death in Venice at the Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals and, in 2009, at the Opéra de Lyon. Last year, he also worked on two premieres, singing the baritone role in Max Richter’s SUM for Wayne McGregor/ROH, and toured Switzerland and the UK as Faiz in Edward Rushton’s Babur in London for The Opera Group. In 2013, he returns to Paris to sing Franz/Lee in Lee Blakeley’s new production of Sunday in the Park with George for Théâtre du Châtelet and sings The English Clerk Death in Venice for Opera North. Future plans for 2014 include his debut at Opéra de Nancy as Apollo Orfeo and the revival of Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House.
Other operatic roles include Marullo Rigoletto Royal Opera House, Flemish Deputy Don Carlos Welsh National Opera, the Traveller roles Death in Venice Theatre de Metz, Schaunard La Boheme Scottish Opera, and Sadik Der Stein der Weisen and Nardo La Finta Giardiniera Garsington Opera, Pastore Orfeo for Opera North, Blazes in Maxwell Davies The Lighthouse Psappha (Orkney and Buxton Festivals), and The Duke of Rothsay La Jolie Fille de Perth Chelsea Opera Group.
Also, Maximillian Candide City of Birmingham Opera, Baritone 1 The Martyrdom of St. Magnus and a concert performance of Dido & Aeneas at the Oslo Kammermusik Festival, Zurga Les Pecheurs des Perles Chelsea Opera Group, The Messenger Oedipus Rex Opera North, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte Opera Project, Count Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro Savoy Opera and Gong Gong in the Royal Philharmonic Society award-winning Confucius Says. He has also recently toured Belgium for a series of concert performances of Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw/Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen.
Damian is also a specialist in contemporary music. He has premiered over thirty new works as well as performing opera and concert repertoire by established composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir and John Adams with appearances at the Aldeburgh, Orkney, Presteigne and Huddersfield Festivals, working with specialist contemporary ensembles Psappha, the Paragon Ensemble and new opera specialists Tête à Tête and The Opera Group.
In concert, Damian has performed all the major oratorio works with a wide span of repertoire, from the Bach Passions and Monteverdi Vespers to Orff’s Carmina Burana and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and King’s College, Cambridge.
In recital, Damian has performed a variety of work across the UK and in London at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and St John’s, Smith Square. He has performed Winterreise and Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with Malcolm Martineau and has made a recital tour of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with the pianist Peter Hewitt. Damian has also sung several orchestral song cycles including Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Kindertotenlieder in two UK tours with the Rambert Dance Company.