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Thomas Cannon has been acclaimed for his “sensitive artistry,” “keen dramatic sense,” and “passionate intensity”. A “vocal powerhouse” skilled across diverse genres, he has performed works of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Brahms, Corigliano, Craig Bohmler and George Gershwin.
Recent and upcoming: Thomas Cannon was Figaro in The Ghost of Versailles and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Roanoke Opera; Porgy in Porgy and Bess at Fort Worth Opera; Scarpia at Opera Roanoke; the roles of Senator Potter and General Arlie in George Spears’ Fellow Travelers with Arizona Opera; a recital debut with The Lied Society of Minneapolis; and, was Sharpless with Indianapolis Opera in the spring of 2021. He was Germont with Orlando this past fall; reprised the role of Porgy with Greensboro Opera to Rhiannon Giddens' Bess this year; and, sings concerts with the Walla Walla Symphony and the Colorado Symphony. He returns to Arizona Opera in The Rising and the Falling for the 22-23 season along with an engagement with Ft. Worth Opera.
He has been heard as Albert in Werther at Merkin Hall and has sung the role of Escamillo with Music Academy of the West. Additional roles in his growing repertoire include; Ford (Falstaff), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Count di Luna (Il Trovatore), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and including the title roles of Gianni Schicchi, and Don Giovanni. Mr. Cannon has sung extensively with Arizona Opera where he was engaged as a resident artist. In addition, he is a graduate of the training programs at The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera and Music Academy of the West.
Thomas Cannon regularly appears on the concert stage. In 2019 he performed Haydn’s Harmonie Messe at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and Mozart’s Requiem at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. Was soloist with the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt in Die Schöphfung (The Creation) under the baton of Richard Zielinsky and sang Messe des Lebens by Frederick Delius with the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein. Further concert repertoire includes; Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s B Minor Mass, and St. Matthew’s Passion.
Mr. Cannon has been honored for his artistry by The Dallas Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera, The Anna Sosenko Foundation, West Palm Beach Opera, Opera Birmingham, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University, a Master’s in Vocal Performance from the prestigious The Juilliard School, and most recently, a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Oklahoma. Notable teachers including Nico Castel, Mignon Dunn, Marlena Malas, Dr. John Van Cura, Kim Josephson and Marilyn Horne of The Metropolitan Opera.
More on Thomas Cannon at: www.voicecannon.net
The role of Figaro takes center stage. Thomas Cannon was both vocal stalwart and entertainer extraordinaire as the jack-of-all-trades and schemer... His deep baritone soared in Figaro’s evocation of the heavens and his agile, quick patter was equal to Corigliano’s mock-Rossini ditties... Cannon’s outstanding English diction stood out for clarity, even at the highest extremes of his vocal range.”
-- South Florida Classical Review.