Thomas Blunt

Conductor

"Thomas Blunt conducts with an intuitive understanding of the drama."

David Truslove, Classical Source

"Thomas Blunt sculpted a fiery, graceful and poised ‘Haffner’ Symphony"

Colin Anderson, Classical Source

"Thomas Blunt drew magical sounds from the instrumental ensemble"

Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine

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Thomas Blunt studied at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music in London, and was the first ever British participant of the prestigious Allianz International Conductors' Academy, where he worked with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras. A passionate and adept proponent of Italian opera, he is also one of the most versatile conductors of his generation, with repertoire ranging from Bach to contemporary music.

He has conducted L’elisir d’amore, Falstaff and La cenerentola on the Glyndebourne Tour, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Zauberflöte, La cenerentola and Lohengrin for Konzert Theater Bern, Jephtha for Welsh National Opera, Don Pasquale for Longborough Festival Opera, La cenerentola for Opéra national du Rhin, and the world premiere of Dave Maric’s Ghosts for the Royal Opera House at the Linbury Theatre.

In concert he has appeared with orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur and the St Endellion Festival.

Recent highlights include Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Glyndebourne Tour, La traviata for Longborough Festival Opera, and Madam Butterfly for Iford Arts, as well as concerts with the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo.

Plans for 2018/19 and beyond include The Magic Flute for Welsh National Opera, Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera, a re-invitation to conduct for the Glyndebourne Tour, and concerts with the Coro and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo.

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La Traviata, Longborough Festival Opera

(June 2018)

Thomas Blunt’s conducting achieves an excellent balance between clarity, nuance and energy with the result that this interpretation of La traviata is as successful as it is innovative.

Sam Smith, MusicOMH

Thomas Blunt conducts with an intuitive understanding of the drama.

David Truslove, Classical Source

Don Pasquale, Longborough Festival Opera

(July 2015)

The loyal audience were also introduced to two highly promising talents in conductor Thomas Blunt and soprano Susanna Hurrell.

Robert Gainer, Bachtrack

This year sees a new conductor, Thomas Blunt, in the pit at Longborough bringing bounce and momentum to the score. He's making a name for himself in Bern at the moment, so I understand, but I hope we shall hear more of him over here. The playing of Longborough's house orchestra was, as usual, superb.

Roger Jones, Seen and Heard International

Die Zauberflöte, Konzert Theater Bern/Orchester Musikollegium Winterthur

(May 2015)

Durch­wegs voll auf der Höhe der Aufgabe, was Feinschliff, lupenreine, subtile Klanglichkeit, präzise Dramatik und solistische Ein­sätze (Flöte!) betrafen, war das Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur. Unter der Leitung von Thomas Blunt gestaltete sich Note für Note ein intaktes flüssiges Zusammenspiel – Mozart konnte zufrieden sein. […with fine-tuning, flawless intonation, subtle timbre, telling drama, and expertly-crafted solos, the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur was headed by Thomas Blunt, who note-for-note shaped a fluid ensemble - Mozart would have been delighted.]

Herbert Büttiker, Der Landbote

Die Zauberflöte, Konzert Theater Bern

(November 2014)

Thomas Blunt als neuer Erster Kapellmeister führt das Berner Symphonieorchester mit Schwung und Souveränität in den Tempowechseln durch das Singspiel und erweist sich als einfühlsamer Begleiter für Chor und Solisten. Eine «Zauberflöte», wie man sie in Bern noch nicht gesehen hat. Das Fazit nach drei Stunden ist klar: empfehlenswert. [Thomas Blunt as the new First Kapellmeister led the Bern Symphony Orchestra through the opera with verve, supreme ease in the tempo changes, and he proved to be a sensitive accompanist for chorus and soloists. A “Magic Flute” as never seen before in Bern. The conclusion after three hours is clear: a must-see.]

Marianne Mühlemann, Der Bund

Die musikalische Leitung lag in den Händen von Thomas Blunt, einem Könner im besten Sinne. Mit ihm entfaltete das Berner Sinfonieorchester schwelgerischen Mozart-Klang, ohne sich selber in den Vordergrund zu drängen. [The musical direction was in the hands of Thomas Blunt, an expert in the best sense. With him a voluptuous Mozart sound unfolded from the Bern Symphony Orchestra.]

Die Neue Merker

Ariadne auf Naxos, Konzert Theater Bern

(May 2014)


...es reicht die tröstende Kraft der so fein ziselierten Musik, welche von den Musikerinnen und Musikern des Berner Symphonieorchesters unter der einfühlsamen Leitung von Thomas Blunt aus dem Graben erklingt." […it was enough to hear such finely crafted music sounding from the pit, played by the Bern Symphony Orchestra under the sensitive direction of Thomas Blunt.]

Kaspar Sannemann, Oper Aktuell

Thomas Blunt - Repertoire

ADES

Asyla

BACH

B Minor Mass
Cantatas 31, 82, 140
Magnificat
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion

BARTOK

Concerto for Orchestra
Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Viola Concerto

BEDFORD

By the Screen in the Sun at the Hill on the Gold

BEETHOVEN

Coriolan Overture
Egmont Overture
Fidelio
Missa Solemnis
Piano Concerto No. 1
Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 7, 8

BERNSTEIN

Chichester Psalms
West Side Story (complete)

BERTONI

Orfeo

BIRTWISTLE

Theseus Game

BIZET

Au fond du temple (Pearl Fishers)
Carmen

BOCCHERINI

Cello Concerto in G major

BRAHMS

Haydn Variations
Requiem
Symphonies No. 3 & 4

BRAY

Scenes from Wonderland

BRITTEN

4 Sea Interludes
Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings
Simple Symphony
The Rape of Lucretia
The Turn of the Screw
War Requiem Matinees and Soirees Musicale

BROWN

Singin’ in the Rain (complete)

BRUCE

Steampunk

BRUCH

Violin Concerto

BRUCKNER

Mass in E Minor

CANTELOUBES

Chants d’Auvergne (various)

CIMAROSA

Italiana in Londra

COATES

Merrymakers Overture

DONIZETTI

Don Pasquale
L’elisir d’amore

DURUFLE

Requiem

DVORAK

Carnival Overture
Cello Concerto
Rusalka
Serenade No. 2
Symphony No. 7

ELGAR

Cello Concerto
Enigma Variations
String Serenade

ENESCU

Oedipe

FAURE

Requiem

GLUCK

Armide
Il Parnaso Confuso

GOUNOD

Romeo et Juliette

GRIEG

Holberg Suite
Pier Gynt Suites No. 1 & 2

HANDEL

Chandos Anthems
Coronation Anthems
Dixit Dominus
Giulio Cesare
Jephtha
Messiah
Water Music
Zadok the Priest

HAYDN

Cello Concerto in C
Creation
Nelson Mass
Piano Concerto in D

HINDEMITH

Symphonic Metamorphosen

HOLST

St Paul’s Suite

HUMPERDINCK

Hansel und Gretel (Overture/Excerpts)

LEONCAVALLO

I Pagliacci

LIGETI

Lontano

LISZT

2 Episodes from Leanau’s Faust

LOEWE

My Fair Lady (complete)

MAHLER

Das Klagende Lied
Das Lied von der Erde
Symphonies No. 1, 2 & 6

MARIC

Ghosts

MARTINU

Oboe Concerto

MASCAGNI

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

MENDELSSOHN

Elijah

MOZART

Ave Verum
Bassoon Concerto
Clarinet Concerto
Cosi fan tutte
Die Zauberflöte
Don Giovanni
Marriage of Figaro (Overture and excerpts)
Piano Concerto No. 25 & 27
Requiem
Symphonies No. 32 & 35
Various masses

ORFF

Carmina Burana

PARRY

Blest Pair of Sirens
I was Glad

PATTERSON

The Magic Orchestra

POULENC

Gloria
Les Mamelles de Tiresias
Litanies a la Vierge Noire
Organ Concerto

PROKOFIEV

2 Poems for Female Chorus and Orchestra
Cello Concertino
Ivan the Terrible
Ode to the End of War
Suite from The Love for three Oranges
Troika (Lieutenant Kije Suite)

PUCCINI

La Boheme
Madama Butterfly

PURCELL

Chacony
Come ye Sons of Art
Dido and Aeneas

RACHMANINOV

Aleko (extracts)
Isle of the Dead
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Symphony No. 2

RAVEL

Ma mère l'oye
Menuet Antique
Pavane pour une infante defunte

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

Christmas Eve Suite
Scheherazade

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

Various songs and overtures/interludes

ROSSINI

Il Barbiere di Sivglia
La Cenerentola
Petite Messe Solennelle
William Tell Overture

RUTTER

Requiem

SAINT-SAENS

Introduction and Rondo Cappriccioso
Organ Symphony

SCHUBERT

Symphonies No. 5, 8 (Unfinished) & 9
Various masses

SIBELIUS

Karelia Overture
Symphonies No. 2 & 7

SHOSTAKOVICH

Chamber Symphony Opus 83a
Festive Overture
Symphony No. 5 & 15

SPOHR

Clarinet Concerto No. 2

STRAUSS

Ariadne auf Naxos
Don Juan
Four Last Songs
Salome
Wind Serenade in E Flat

J. STRAUSS

Die Fledermaus

STRAVINSKY

Dances Concertantes
Firebird Suite
Symphony of Psalms

TCHAIKOVSKY

Marche Slav
Nutcracker (excerpts)
Piano Concerto No. 1
Romeo and Juliet Overture
Onegin (excerpts)
Symphonies No. 1, 2, 4 & 5

TIPPETT

Concerto for Double String Orchestra
The Knot Garden

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

5 Mystical Songs
Symphony No. 5

VERDI

Falstaff
Forza Del Destino Overture
La Traviata
Macbeth

VILLETTE

Trois Préludes pour Cordes

WAGNER

Lohengrin
Overture to Die Meistersinger
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Prize Song from Die Meistersinger

ZEMLINKSY

Lyric Symphony
Psalm 23 (Der Herr ist mein Hirte)

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