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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 Sturm with 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 Erde with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.

BrittenPeter GrimesNed Keene
BrittenBilly BuddMr. Redburn
BrittenThe Rape of LucretiaTarquinius
GinasteraBomarzoSilvio de Narni
HändelArianna in CretaMinos
HumperdinckHänsel und GretelPeter Besenbinder
KorngoldDie Tote StadtFrank/Fritz
MascagniCavalleria RusticanaAlfio
MozartCosi fan TutteGuglielmo
MozartDon GiovanniDon Giovanni
MozartLe Nozze di FigaroIl Conte
MozartLe Nozze di FigaroFigaro
MozartDie ZauberflötePapageno
PucciniLa bohème Marcello
PucciniLa bohème Schaunard
PucciniLa Fanciulla del WestSonora
PucciniManon LescautLescaut
SchrederDer Ferne KlangRudolf
SchrekerDie GezeichnetenGonsalvo Fieschi
Strauss (Johann)Die FledermausEisenstein
Strauss (Richard)Ariadne auf NaxosHarlekin
VerdiUn Ballo in MascheraSilvano
WagnerDas RheingoldDonner
WagnerDie Meistersinger von NürnbergFritz Kohtner
WagnerTannhaüserWolfram (in preparation)
WagnerParsifalAmfortas (in preparation)
WagnerTristan und IsoldeKurwenal (in preparation)
BachMatthäus PassionBass-arias, Christus
BachJohannes PassionBass-arias, Christus
BachB-minor MassBass
BachWeihnachtsoratorium Bass
BachIch habe genug, BWV 82Bass
BeethovenSymphony Nr. 9Bass
BerliozRoméo et JulietteFrère Laurent
BerliozL'enfance du Christ Joseph
BizetLes Nuits d'été
BrahmsEin Deutsches Requiem-
BrahmsVier ernste Gesänge -
BrittenWar Requiem-
DebussyTrois Ballades de François Villon-
EislerErnste Gesänge-
HaydnDie SchöpfungAdam/Rafael
HaydnDie Jahreszeiten Bass
HenzeRichard Wagnersche Klavierlieder-
HonnegerLe roi DavidRécitant
MahlerSymphony Nr. 8Pater Ecstaticus
MahlerLieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen-
MahlerDes Knaben Wunderhorn-
MahlerDas Lied von der Erde-
MartinSechs monologe aus Jedermann-
MartinSuite aus "Der Sturm"-
PoulencChansons Villageoises-
PoulencLe Bestiaire-
RavelDon Quichotte à Dulcinée-
RossiniPetite messe solenelleBass
Shostakovich14th Symphony-
ShostakovichMichelangelo Suite
ZemlinskyLyrische Symphonie-

Lieder - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

New release January 2016!!!
Thomas Oliemans performs works by Schumann with pianist Paolo Giacometti. 

F. Schubert: Schwanengesang, D 945

and four Schulze-settings.
with Malcolm Martineau, piano
KTC 1420 Etcetera-Records


J.S. Bach: Johannes-passion

Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen
Capella Amsterdam, with Peter Kooij, Markus Schäfer,
Marcel Beekman, Michael Chance, Carolyn Sampson
Glossa The Grand Tour GCD921113


Mélodies de Gabriel Fauré et Francis Poulenc
with Malcolm Martineau
KTC 1366 Etcetera-Records

F. Martin: Der Sturm/Monologe aus Jedermann

Stavanger Symphony-orchestra, Steven Sloane
MDG, EAN 0760623161464

F. Martin: Der Sturm

Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Thierry Fischer
with Robert Holl, Simon O´Neill, Christine Buffle
recorded live 2008 Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Hyperion Records

THOMAS OLIEMANS: F. Mendelssohn, Elias, Es ist genug!

THOMAS OLIEMANS: F. Schubert, Winterreise

Live at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam

THOMAS OLIEMANS: R. Wagner, Das Rheingold, Schwüles Gedünst

Live recording 2009
Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

THOMAS OLIEMANS: J. Brel, Le Prochain Amour

Live recording at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam

THOMAS OLIEMANS: H. Berlioz, Roméo et Juliette

Live recording 2012

THOMAS OLIEMANS: G. Fauré, Cygne sur l'eau

THOMAS OLIEMANS: F. Martin, Jedermann, O Ewiger Gott!

"[...]Oliemans, currently one of the most renowned Dutch singers, makes the text resound impassionedly, with a delicate yet natural pronunciation and warm voice that is never too loud and which he colours beautifully in the higher register without straining it.
And, as he indicated during his introduction, many more nuances hide between the passionate and reflective polarities of Schumann’s character[...]"
Volkskrant, Schumann, recital 'Jekyll & Hyde', Concertgebouw Amsterdam, July 2016, July 2016
'[...]Every time I’ve listened to these discs I’ve been tremendously impressed.[...]A performance of Elias stands or falls by the bass who delivers the title role. Herreweghe has Petteri Salomaa[...] Sawallisch has Theo Adam and he’s a magisterial presence[...] Thomas Oliemans seems to me to embrace all facets of the Prophet’s personality. So, for example, he’s very expressive in ‘Herr Gott Abrahams’ and gives an exciting, well-articulated account of ‘Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer’. When he reproves King Ahab his singing is strong and full of righteous wrath. Yet this is an Elijah who is never histrionic at the expense of dignity and of that I approve very much. I was moved by his deeply felt rendition of ‘Es ist genug!’ and after all the Prophet’s tribulations have come to an end Oliemans takes his leave in dignified fashion with ‘Ja, es sollen wohl Berge weichen’. His is an admirable assumption of the title role.', Mendelssohn, Elias - CD, June 2016
'[...]Thomas Oliemans glänzte in der Rolle des grüblerischen Titelhelden. Er verkörperte die vielschichtige Rolle überzeugend mit facettenreichem Gesang und Schauspiel. Seine Stimme strömte, war sowohl in Höhe als auch Tiefe stets fundiert und wurde durch seine klare Aussprache noch konturierter. Seine Solopassagen sang er in der Manier von großen Tenorarien, wobei er der Partie mit seinem undurchsichtigen Bariton eine grimmigere Note gab[...].', Thomas, Hamlet, Gothenburg Opera, April 2016
As her husband, Thomas Oliemans was vocally impressive, full of zing and swagger, and with pin-sharp enunciation.
Opera Today, Hansel and Gretel, Dutch National Opera, December 2015
"'Ganz herausragend uebrigens auch der Bariton Thomas Oliemans in der Titelpartie, der den Propheten mit vielen feinen, aber ungekuenstelten Nuancierungen gab und der mit einem souveraenen Ernst aber ohne falsches Pathos in seiner Rolle aufging.'', Mendelssohn, Elias with RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, July 2015
"Thomas Oliemans singt diesen Elias ohne blinden Arg und Eiferer-Abgrund. Auch in der zerknirschten, lebensmueden zweiten Haelfte des Oratoriums bleibt sein Tonfall nobel und auf beinahe praesidiale Weise human."
Der Tagesspiegel, Mendelssohn, Elias with RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, July 2015

“With his fine sense of physical comedy and communicative singing style, the baritone Thomas Oliemans was a fine Papageno and the well-deserved audience darling of the show”.

New York Times, about the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, July 2014

"Thomas Oliemans, baryton, s’impose dans un Papageno juste, enlevé et parfois touchant. Il est drôle sans excès et vocalement il est aussi à l’aise que scéniquement. Il fait sonner avec malice des bouteilles, telles des carillons, avec des poireaux pour baguettes; mais pourquoi des poireaux, symbole du pays de Galles ? Quelque minutes de facéties pour une pièce qui sait aussi être légère. Il a une très bonne diction et fait résonner sa voix dans de jolies nuances avec un legato mélodieux."

GB Opera Magazine , about the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, July 2014
“Thomas Oliemans gave Almaviva the oily personality of a practised adulterer but also a real sense of danger. His anger in discovering that someone is hidden in the Countess’ rooms in Act 2 was not comic but deadly serious – when the Count returns with a crowbar to force open the locked door of the closet he also brings a gun, and in Oliemans’ characterisation would undoubtedly have shot Cherubino had he found him there. Add a warm, confident and expressive baritone and Mr Oliemans makes a sensational Count.”
Seen and Heard International, about the role of Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Göteborg Opera, October 2014
The most beautiful role is that of the wavering priest Pontus, exceptionally well sung and acted by Thomas Oliemans. The scene in which he – as an act of ultimate self-denial – strips his own skin, makes you shiver.”
Het Parool, about the role of Pontus in Legende at De Nederlandse Opera, February 2011

"von Thomas Oliemans so hinreißend und Mozart-like gesungen, dass man alles sofort noch mal hören möchte“.

Opernwelt, About the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at De Nederlandse Opera, February 2013

“Accanto a lui uno straordinariamente bravo Thomas Oliemans dà voce ad un Papageno spigliatissimo ed esuberante pur senza mai perdere di vista i valori propri del canto.", About the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at De Nederlandse Opera, January 2013
"Oliemans is an exceptionally fine singer. Some of the performances- “In der Ferne’, “Im Fruhling” and “Am Meer” for example- rank with the best."
Gramophone, CD Schwanengesang, March 2011
"On aurait du coup préféré entendre dans cette partie l'excellent Thomas Oliemans qui interprète un Hercule fantasque à la voix autoritaire et au jeu savoureux."
Emmanuel Andrieu, Anaclase, about the role of Hercule in Gluck's Alceste at the Festival d'Aix en Provence, July 2010

Thomas Oliemans

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Thomas Oliemans

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

Thomas Oliemans

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

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