Thomas Hobbs


Thomas Hobbs is “one of the most interesting and significant Bach tenors” of his generation and is in high demand with many leading baroque and early music ensembles.

Highlights of his 2019/20 season include numerous performances of Bach Cantatas with Gli Angeli Geneva, Dutch Bach Society, laBarocca Orchestra in Milan and Turin and with Le Banquet Céleste, performances of Handels’ Messiah with Early Music Vancouver, Sinfonietta Riga, Tafelmusik Toronto, RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with Dutch Bach Society, Vivaldi Venetian Vespers with Kammerchor Stuttgart and various projects with Collegium Vocale Ghent under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe and Gli Angeli Geneve under Stephan McLeod.

In the 2018/19 season he performed Monteverdi Vespers with RIAS Kammerchor in Japan, Polish Baroque music by G.G. Gorczyck with Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, Bach St John Passion with Le Banquet Celeste, as well as numerous concerts with Collegium Vocale Gent and Gli Angeli Geneva, among others.

Recent highlights include Bach B minor Mass on a European tour and at the Salzburg Festival with Collegium Vocale Gent and Herreweghe, Haydn Creation with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO, Schumann Requiem with Richard Egarr and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Evangelist in Bach St Matthew Passion on tour with the Netherlands Bach Society, and Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican. He also sang Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and travelled to Australia to sing Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Hobbs performed Bach, Britten and Haydn with the Israel Camerata, sang Handel Alexander’s Feast with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, as well as Bach programmes with Gli Angeli Geneve, La Chapelle Harmonique, Dunedin Consort at Wigmore Hall, and with the Milan Symphony Orchestra.

On the opera stage Hobbs performed a critically acclaimed Telemachus The Return of Ulysses in a new production for English National Opera conducted by Jonathan Cohen, Apollo and Shepherd in Monteverdi Orfeo in semi-staged performances with Richard Egarr and the AAM and the title role in Albert Herring and Ferrando Così fan tutte.

Hobbs’ ever-expanding discography includes Bach B minor Mass with both CVG and Dunedin Consort, Bach Motets, Leipzig cantatas and Christmas Oratorio with CVG, Christmas Oratorio with Dunedin Consort, Bach Weimar Cantatas with Alia Mens, Handel Acis et Galatea and Esther with Dunedin Consort and Beethoven Mass in C with Stuttgart Kammerchor. His recent recordings of Handel Chandos Anthems with Stephen Layton and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mozart Requiem with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort have been universally praised, with the latter receiving the 2014 Gramophone Award for best Choral recording.

Last updated - May 2020

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