In a career spanning over three decades, Phillip Thomas has worked as a vocal coach, casting associate, record producer, accompanist, vocal consultant and conductor.
As a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he worked for the Welsh National Opera and upon graduation, he joined the staff of the English National Opera at the London Coliseum. At ENO, he became head of the Young Artists Training Programme and still regards this part of his career as highly exciting, challenging and rewarding.
His prolific concert career apart from performances all over the Uk and Ireland include concerts in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans and St Louis, as well as Frankfurt, Bayreuth, Paris, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Taipei, Tokyo and the Caribbean with Amanda Echalaz, Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Jane Eaglen, Lesley Garrett, Paolo Gavanelli, Elizabeth Watts, Sergei Leiferkus and Sir John Tomlinson. For many years he was official accompanist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has worked as a vocal consultant for the BBC, Decca, EMI, Chandos, BMG and Sony, and with such eminent conductors as Sir Edward Downes, Sir Reginald Goodall, Sir Mark Elder, Zubin Mehta, Sezi Ozawa and Sir Georg Solti.
Since taking up the baton himself, he has conducted Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Requiem (Verdi), Tosca (Puccini), Francesca da Rimini (Zandonai), L’Ajo nell’Imbarazzo (Donizetti), Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa) and most recently Fidelio (Beethoven).
“Phillip Thomas’ razor-sharp conducting .. puts you in mind of a dog-walker – in total command of the Great Danes and Poodles, without tripping over the Pug.” (Independent)