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Cantor Thom King
Affiliate Artist, Voice, Opera Workshop

Education

B. Mus.  Hartt School of Music (1978)

Bio

Cantor Thom King is a Magna cun Laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music, and has been a popular performer with major opera companies throughout North America, recently performing three favorite Verdi roles: Germont in  LA TRAVIATA with the Annapolis Opera, Amonasro in AIDA with the Mississippi Opera, and the title role in  RIGOLETTO with Connecticut Lyric Opera, for which he also served as Stage Director.. Thom has also performed with the Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera and many others, essaying such diverse roles as the sinister Baron Scarpia in Puccini’s  TOSCA, Escamillo in CARMEN and the Figaros of both Rossini and Mozart. He sang the featured role of Crespel in the Baltimore Opera production of “Les Contes D’Hoffman”, and recently sang the role of Fiorello in the National Philharmonic production of “Barber of Seville” at the Strathmore Center.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Cantor King has performed as a soloist at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and received rave reviews for his interpretation of Peter Maxwell Davies’ EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING at the Palacio dellas Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Other highlights include a concert in honor of Israel’s 50th birthday with the Memphis Symphony, Israel in Egypt at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Hazzan Charles Osborne’s “Souls on Fire” in Detroit, performances of Handel’s SAMSON with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and Orff’s CARMINA BURANA with the Greater Lansing Symphony.

As a composer, Cantor King has created numerous choral ,solo, and symphonic works for the synagogue and concert stage,, including a new Selichot service for Cantor and solo cello which he premiered with eminent cellist Evan Drachman. Several of his original niggunim (spiritual melodies) have recently been published by Transcontinental Music.
Cantor King has been at the pulpit of Beth El Congregation in Baltimore since July of 1997, in which time he has established thriving Adult and Junior Choirs. He is featured on the recording “Thom King Sings Michael Isaacson”, which has garnered impressive reviews in the Jewish press.

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