Thomas Forde


"Forde employed his velvety bass to fine effect in the Judge’s creepy flagellation aria.” — Opera News

"Thomas Forde's sinewy bass-baritone was perfect for Angelotti.”
— Opera News

"Judiciously building a career that has already garnered praise for the strength of his acting, the heart of Mr. Fordes artistry is the pure tonal allure of his voice. Possessing a veritable spectrum of colors that present a great wealth of dramatic possibilities that continues to broaden as his career progresses, Mr. Fordes voice is youthfully vibrant but also plush, suggesting opportunities in a wide-ranging repertoire. Hearing Mr. Fordes voice in Italian repertory, it is easy to imagine his voice in time bringing great eloquence to Verdis O tu, Palermo (I Vespri Siciliani) and Ella giammai mamò (Don Carlo).” — Voix Des Arts


American bass-baritone Thomas Forde is keeping a busy schedule in the theatre, opera, and TV/film performance arenas. Recent and upcoming engagements include Lurch in "The Addams Family" with New Theatre Kansas City; Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago for "Les Misérables"; Lyric Opera of Chicago's Opera Unlimited in their production of "The Brothers Grimm"; and Madison Opera as Judge Turpin in Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd", Don Basilio in Rossini's "Il barbiere di Sivilgia", and Luther/Crespel in "The Tales of Hoffmann".

The 2012-13 season took Mr. Forde to Europe where he made his debut with Opera di Roma singing and reprising various roles, Opernhaus Zürich in "The Nose". Mr. Forde returned to the United States joining Syracuse Opera in the title role in "Le nozze di Figaro", Madison Opera as Samuel in Un ballo in maschera, his debut with Utah Opera as the Fifth Jew in "Salome."

Mr. Forde was a member of Opera Zürich International Opera Studio from 2010-12, where his roles included Alidoro in concert performances of "La cenerentola"; Billy Jackrabbit in "La fanciulla del West"; Theseus in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"; Haiduk, Third Policeman, and Policeman in Summergarden in "The Nose"; Deputato in "Don Carlo"; Ambrogio in "Il barbiere di Siviglia"; the bass soloist in Schreier’s "Der stadt der Blinden"; Sarastro in family performances of "Die Zauberflöte"; and Dritte Strolch in Orff’s "Die Kluge". He also joined the Zürcher Kammer Orchester for Caronte in "Orlando Paladino."

The 2008-2010 seasons, Mr. Forde sang the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Tacoma Opera, the Fifth Jew in Salome and Angelotti in Tosca with Dallas Opera and Colline in La bohème with Skylight Opera. Mr. Forde has sung Snug and Bottom(cover) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a member of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, Angelotti in Tosca and Il mandarino inTurandot with Fort Worth Opera, as well as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor; Barone Douphol in La traviata with Shreveport Opera; and Zuniga in Carmen with Ash Lawn Opera and Opera in the Heights. He is a former Resident Artist of Santa Fe Opera, where he sang the First Soldier and Second Servant in the world premiere of Lewis Spratlan’s Life is a Dream. Also with the company, he sang excerpts of General Boum La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and Publio in La clemenza di Tito. He also participated in the young artist programs of Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Utah Festival Opera.

Mr. Forde has been seen on the MSNBC series “The Invested Life” where his life as a performer was chronicled over the course of seven episodes. He has also been a featured actor on National Geographic’s “Brain Games.”

Mr. Forde earned a Master of Music from the University of Houston where he sang Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Le Philosophe in Cherubin, Sulayman Pasha in Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles, Selim in Il turco in Italia, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, and Gremin in Eugene Onegin. At the University of Illinois, he sang Seneca in L’incornazione di Poppea and Masetto in Don Giovanni in addition to Beethoven’sChoral Fantasy with Sinfonia da Camera while obtaining his Bachelor of Music.

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