The British bass Thomas Faulkner left the Opera Studio to join the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in 2016/17, since when he added several important roles to his repertoire including John Claggart in Billy Budd, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Elviro in Xerxes, Lodovico in Verdi's Otello, Don Diego in Meyerbeer's L’Africaine, Zuniga in Carmen and Elmiro in Rossini's Otello. During the 2021/22 season he can be heard as Pazjuk, Theseus and Cirillo in new productions of Rimsky-Korsakov's Die Nacht vor Weihnachten / The Night Before Christmas, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Giordano's Fedora, Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi. Recent guest engagements have included The Watersprite in Rusalka at the Tirol Festival in Erl, where he returned in 2021 for Fasolt (role debut) in a new production of Das Rheingold, Masetto (Don Giovanni) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysée in Paris, a role he sang at Garsington Opera, performances of Orfeo at the Munich Opera Festival, Banquo (Macbeth) for Scottish Opera on Tour and Messenius (Cristina, regina di Svezia) and Dulcamara (L’elisir dʼamore) at the Wexford Festival. Other plans this season include Swallow in Peter Grimes at the Theater an der Wien. Other guest engagements have included appearances in I puritani at the Deutschen Oper am Rhein and Carmen at Cologne Opera. He has also appeared in concert with the Orchestre de Chambre Lausanne, under Bertrand de Billy and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Thomas Faulkner studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music London. This British historian's artistic achievements have won him many accolades and a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Verband.