Thomas Cooley
Tenor
Minnesota-born tenor Thomas Cooley has established a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic — and beyond — as a singer of great versatility, expressiveness, and virtuosity.

Possessing a lyric tenor voice of great flexibility, dynamic range, and precision, he has appeared with such conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Donald Runnicles, Osmo Vänskä, Eji Oue, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Nicholas McGegan, Robert Spano, David Robertson, Carlo Rizzi, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honneck, Michael Schønwandt, Gil Shohat, and Kryzstof Penderecki. His repertoire on the concert stage comprises works such as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Berlioz' Requiem, Nuits d'été and L'enfance du Christ, Haydn's Seasons, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang, Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus, Honneger's King David, Mozart's Requiem, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Bernstein's Candide, and Penderecki's Credo. He is frequently invited to perform in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a role that has taken him to Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Spain, and throughout the United States. In the Baroque repertoire he is a well-known 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.

Recent highlights included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Baltimore and Milwaukee symphonies; Britten’s War Requiem with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Atlanta, Oregon, and Indianapolis symphonies; “Bob Boles” in Britten’s Peter Grimes with the St. Louis

Symphony in Carnegie Hall; “Peter Quint” in Britten’s Turn of the Screw with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; a Messiah and Monteverdi’s Vespers tour in Poland with Boston Baroque; the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Creation Oratorio with Atlanta Symphony; Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus with Phoenix Symphony; the title role in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with the Pacific Symphony; Mozart Requiem with Music of the Baroque; Handel’s Messiah with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston and National symphonies; Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Seattle Symphony; Bach's St. John Passion with Pacific Musicworks; Bach’s B Minor Mass with Choral Arts Society of Washington; the title role in Handel’s Samson at American Classical Orchestra; Bach’s Magnificat and Bruckner’s Te Deum with Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec; an all-Bach program with Les Violons du Roy; the role of “Crown Prince” in Puts’ Silent Night with Cincinnati Opera; “Tristan” in Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé with Bergen National Opera; and “Acis” in a new production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group.