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Biographie Thomas Hobbs

Thomas Hobbs is ‘one of the most interesting and significant Bach tenors’ (Klassik Magazine) and is in high demand with many leading baroque and early music ensembles.

Highlights of Hobbs’ 2023/24 season include Bach cantatas and Passions, Purcell odes and Handel oratorios with ensembles including Gli Angeli Geneve, Le Banquet Céleste, Alia Mens, Tafelmusik and Ensembles Masques. Hobbs will also join the prestigious Netherlands Bach Society for two tours across Europe: as the tenor soloist in Bach Magnificat and as the Evangelist in Bach St Matthew Passion.

Recent highlights include a European tour of Handel Messiah with the RIAS Kammerchor, Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with the Bach Collegium Japan and Dutch Bach Society, the 25th birthday concert with the Dunedin Consort, Vivaldi Vespers with Musikpodium Stuttgart, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Concerto Copenhagen, Handel Messiah with Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Sinfonietta Riga, Tafelmusik Toronto, RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Vivaldi Venetian Vespers with Kammerchor Stuttgart and various projects with Collegium Vocale Ghent under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe and Gli Angeli Geneve under Stephan McLeod, Bach Mass in B minor on a European tour and at the Salzburg Festival with Collegium Vocale Gent and Herreweghe, Haydn Creation with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO, Schumann Requiem with Richard Egarr and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Evangelist in St Matthew Passion on tour with the Netherlands Bach Society, and Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican. He also sang Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and travelled to Australia to sing the Christmas Oratorio with the Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Hobbs performed Bach, Britten and Haydn with the Israel Camerata, sang Handel Alexander’s Feast with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, as well as Bach programmes with Gli Angeli Geneve, La Chapelle Harmonique, Dunedin Consort at Wigmore Hall, and with the Milan Symphony Orchestra.

On the opera stage, Hobbs performed a critically acclaimed Telemachus in Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses in a new production for English National Opera conducted by Jonathan Cohen, Apollo and Shepherd in Monteverdi Orfeo in semi-staged performances with Richard Egarr and the AAM and the title role in Britten Albert Herring and Ferrando in Mozart Così fan tutte.

Hobbs’ ever-expanding discography includes Bach Trinitas with Le Banquet Céleste, Mass in B Minor with both CVG and Dunedin Consort, Bach Motets, Leipzig cantatas and Christmas Oratorio with CVG, Christmas Oratorio with Dunedin Consort, Bach Weimar Cantatas with Alia Mens, Handel Acis et Galatea and Esther with Dunedin Consort and Beethoven Mass in C with Stuttgart Kammerchor. His recordings of Handel Chandos Anthems with Stephen Layton and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mozart Requiem with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort have been universally praised, with the latter receiving the 2014 Gramophone Award for best Choral recording.