Amsterdam born winner of the 2013 Prix d' Amis of The Netherlands Opera for his portrayal of Papageno in Simon McBurney's production of Die Zauberflöte, Thomas Oliemans made his professional opera debut aged 24 as the Father in Hans Werner Henze’s Pollicino with the Nationale Reisopera of the Netherlands where he also sang Minos in Händel’s Arianna in Creta and Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes.
In 2005 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Gonsalvo Fieschi in Schreker's Die Gezeichneten. Further important debuts followed in 2006 as Papageno in Mozart´s Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra de Nantes/Angers to great public and critical acclaim, and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte.
His most recent operatic engagements have included his debut at Teatro Real in Madrid with Ivor Bolton and Krysztof Warlikowski (Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste) Donner in Das Rheingold under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, reprisal of his Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Amsterdam. Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro in Gothenburg, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole in concert conducted by Charles Dutoit. He appeared as Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse partnering Natalie Dessay, had his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden singing Schaunard alongside Joseph Calleja, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu in La Bohème conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Papageno in a new production of Die Zauberflöte staged by esteemed director Simon McBurney and Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Marc Albrecht at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Marcello in La Bohème and Gunther inGötterdämmerung at the Nationale Reisopera, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Marcello in La Bohème at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Scottish Opera, Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. His strong ties to The Netherlands Opera have resulted in parts in Don Carlo, Un Ballo in maschera, Die Zauberflöte, Meistersinger and Rameau’sCastor et Pollux. He also sang leading roles in three world-premiere productions of contemporary Dutch operas by Wagemans (Legende), Zuidam (Adam in Ballingschap) and Martijn Padding (Laika).
He returned to The Netherlands Opera for the role of Schaunard in a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème and starred in the historically succesfull production of Die Zauberflöte. At the Opera Gothenburg he will made his debut singing the Count in Stephen Langridge's new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Jane Glover to great public and critical acclaim.
Thomas Oliemans also appears regularly on the concert stage with a repertoire ranging from the Mahler orchestral song cycles to Bach's Passions and Shostakovich 14th symponhy. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic he sang Bach's passions and a selection of Mahler's Wunderhornsongs led by Yiri Belohlavek, Mahler's Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with the Residentie Orchestra and the Arnhem Philharmonic. Concerts of Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Gordan Nikolic resulted in a LIVE-cd issue, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Orchestre National de Lille, the KIOI-Sinfonietta in Tokyo and the Dresdener Philharmonie conducted by Markus Poschner. He sang Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette and Joseph in L'Enfance du Christ by Berlioz with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra , Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Pater Ecstaticus in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Christus in theJohannes-Passion with the Orchestra of the 18th century and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with Holland Symfonia.
Oliemans has worked with conductors as Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Hartmut Haenchen, Edo de Waart, Kent Nagano, Jaap van Zweden, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jan Willem De Vriend, James Gaffigan 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.
Being already a much sought-after recitalist known for his innovative programming, he gave recitals all over the world partnered by Malcolm Martineau, Rudolf Jansen and Paolo Giacometti a.o. in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Vienna, Zürich, Lübeck, London (Wigmore Hall), Tokyo and Paris. One of the recent highlights has been the series performing the three big Schubert-cycles in one week in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with pianist Malcolm Martineau
The future will see him ao make his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, return to Gothenburg Opera for his first portrayal of 'Hamlet', the Father in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Ping in the new production of Turandot at the Bregenzer Festspiele and to the Teatro Real for their production of Bomarzo.
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