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Thomas Cooley

Thomas Cooley

Thomas Cooley is a singer of great versatility, expressiveness and virtuosity who is in demand internationally for a wide range of repertoire in concert, opera and chamber music. Particularly renowned for his agility and skill in Baroque music, Cooley is in demand as an interpreter of the works of Bach and Handel, most especially in the role of the Evangelist in Bach's Passions and in the great oratorios of Handel. He appears regularly with such historically informed groups as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Music of the Baroque (where he was named Artist-in-Residence for the 2015-16 season), Bethlehem Bach Choir, Akadamie für Alte Musik, Boston Baroque, the Carmel and Oregon Bach Festivals, Les Violons du Roy and the Munich Bach Choir. Cooley's activity on the operatic stage has largely centered on the roles of Mozart, Handel and Britten. Other roles he has performed include Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Bernstein's Candide and Tristan in Frank Martin's Le vin herbè.   In concert this season, Cooley can be heard on the stage of Carnegie Hall with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir for Britten’s Les Illuminations and Mohammed Fairouz’s Zabur, with Minnesota Orchestra and Houston Symphony (Messiah), Music of the Baroque (Handel’s Alexander’s Feast and Telemann’s Day of Judgment oratorio) and Berner Kammerchor (Bach’s St John Passion). Cooley also rejoins the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir for Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He reprises the role of Idomeneo in a concert version at the Carmel Bach Festival and performs Handel’s oratorio Joshua with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan. Cooley is also a featured guest artist in summer 2016 on the Prairie Home Companion Alaskan cruise.