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

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