The bass Thomas Faulkner left Oper Frankfurt's Opera Studio to join the ensemble in 2016/17. Important new roles for the company have included Elviro in a new production of Xerxes, Lodovico (Otello), John Claggart (Billy Budd), Don Diego (a new production of Meyerbeer's L’Africaine) and Alidoro (La Cenerentola). During the 2019/20 season you can hear him as Elmiro in Rossini's Otello and 1st Nazarene in Salome - both new productions - and Swallow in Peter Grimes. Other forthcoming engagements include Masetto Don Giovanni at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysée in Paris, a role he recently sang at Garsington Opera, and the Watersprite in Rusalka at the Tirol Festival in Erl this winter. He makes his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London in Elektra. Other recent engagements have included Orfeo at the Munich Opera Festival, Banquo (Macbeth) at Scottish Opera on Tour and Messenius (Cristina, regina di Svezia) and Dulcamara (L’elisir dʼamore) at the Wexford Festival. Recent concert work has included appearances with the Orchestre de Chambre von Lausanne under Bertrand de Billy and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Thomas Faulkner studied at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music in London. This British historian's artistic achievements have won him many accolades, including a »Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award« and a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Verband.