Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, coached by Margreet Honig. He continued his studies with KS Robert Holl, Elio Battaglia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
A regular guest at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, he has appeared there as Papageno in Simon McBurney's production of Die Zauberflöte (which earned him the Prix d’Amis), Schaunard in La Bohème, Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and, most recently, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel.
Other recent opera highlights include Schaunard at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Il Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and the title role in Thomas’ Hamlet at the Göteborg Opera, Papageno at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and Donner in Das Rheingold at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste at Teatro Real in Madrid, Ramiro in a concert version of L'heure espagnole with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Lescaut in Manon at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Gonsalvo Fieschi in Schreker's Die Gezeichneten at the Salzburger Festspiele.
Elsewhere, he has performed Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Marcello in La Bohème at the Opéra National du Rhin, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Scottish Opera, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Opéra National du Rhin, Gunther in Götterdämmerung at the Nationale Reisopera and Frank in Die tote Stadt at the Opéra national de Lorraine. He has sung lead roles in world-premieres of contemporary composers such as Peter-Jan Wagemans, Rob Zuidam and Martijn Padding.
Equally in demand in concert repertoire, his most recent engagements include Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor (released on Accentus in March 2016), as well as the Royal Liverpool Phiharmonic and Vasili Petrenko, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, as well as with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with The Hague Philharmonic, songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Orchestre National de Lille, the KIOI-Sinfonietta in Tokyo and the Dresdner Philharmonie, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette and Joseph in L'Enfance du Christ by Berlioz with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Pater Ecstaticus in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Christus in the Johannes-Passion with the Orchestra of the 18th century, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with Holland Symfonia and Frank Martin’s Suite from Der Sturmwith the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse.
Thomas Oliemans has worked with conductors as Charles Dutoit, Jiři Bělohlávek, Hans-Christoph Rademann , Ingo Metzmacher, Semyon Bychkov, Pablo Heras-Casado, Paolo Carignani, Marc Albrecht, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Hartmut Haenchen, Edo de Waart, Kent Nagano, Jaap van Zweden, Reinbert de Leeuw, James Gaffigan, Markus Poschner and Yannick Nézet-Séguin and stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Simon McBurney, Christof Loy, Willy Decker, Pierre Audi, Philipp Himmelmann, David Alden, Sir Thomas Allen, Stephen Langridge and Laurent Pelly.
A sought-after recitalist, known for his innovative programming, he has appeared with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Rudolf Jansen and Paolo Giacometti, amongst others, in Vienna, Zürich, Lübeck, London (Wigmore Hall), Tokyo and Paris. A regular guest at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, he recently presented the three main Schubert song-cycles there within the course of a week, together with Malcolm Martineau.
His discography includes Schubert’s Winterreise and Schwanengesang, an album of song cycles by Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré with pianist Malcolm Martineau, entitled Mirages, substantial contributions to vols 3, 4 and 5 of the Complete Poulenc-series by Signum Classics, works by Frank Martin for baritone with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and conductor Steven Sloane, a live-recording of Bach’s Johannes-Passion with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Frans Brüggen and Shostakovich’s Symphony no 14 with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. His latest song CD, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, with pianist Paolo Giacometti, features the Schumann cycles op 89, 90 and 48.
Highlights in the 2016/17 season include a return to Teatro Real Madrid as Mr Redburn in Billy Budd, conducted by Ivor Bolton, and Silvio de Nardi in Bomarzo, Handel’s Israel in Eqypt with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Shostakovich’s Symphony no 14 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Castilla y León in Valladolid, recitals with Roger Vignoles in Cambridge and at De Singel in Antwerp, Schubert’s Winterreise in Basle, Mahler’s Lied von der Erdewith the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.
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